Anna Noto (New York)

 

School: University of the Pacific

Major: Computer Engineering 

Hometown: Long Island, New York  

My name is Anna and I am a first year at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California but i'm from New York! I am majoring in computer engineering and minoring in psychology. I am also a member of the freshman honors program at my college as well as Pacific Legal Scholars which is like an honors version of pre-law. I hope to one day have a career that connects technology and criminal justice. 

I am involved with both the Long Island and Greater New York Chapter at the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and am so honored to be a member of the NCCL where I apart of the advocacy workgroup. 

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 16 years old but had been showing symptoms since I was 5 years old. While I have not yet achieved remission, I am hopeful it is in my near future. I currently receive monthly infusion and take daily medication to help manage my disease. I have struggled mentally with IBD, but have been helped by Camp Oasis and the foundation's support groups. 

My journey has had highs and lows, but it has only made me stronger in the long run. IBD has allowed me to develop my passion for advocacy and education, especially in the undiagnosed community. I am most excited to meet with legislators during Day on the Hill as I believe having legislation to protect IBD patients is one of the most important things to advocate for.