Emma Goodman-Fish (California)
School: University of San Diego
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
My name is Emma Goodman-Fish, and I'm from Portland, Oregon. I'm currently a Senior at the University of San Diego studying Communications, Political Science, and Sociology and plan to attend law school post-graduation. Being a part of the National College Council of Leaders has been a highlight of my college experience and allowed me to advocate, raise awareness and drive me towards to goal to work in health policy. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was 11 years old, after many endless symptoms and tests, and I immediately began treating my Crohn’s with a restrictive diet that excluded major allergens. At first, Crohn’s was something I didn’t want to be a part of who I was and hid from my identity. However, my perspective changed once I attended Camp Oasis after my freshman year of high school. While struggling to maintain my health and facing the difficulties of a big transition, I decided to see what meeting other people with IBD might be like. At camp, the incredible IBD community opened up to me and I met some of the best people I know and found a place where I knew I wanted to make an impact. I soon became involved with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. I started the first Portland chapter of the Youth Council and planned many successful events that welcomed new youth into the community. In my senior year, I was chosen to be the Honored Hero at the Portland Take Steps 2017 walk. Now, in college, I have had the opportunity to advocate in Washington D.C. to my local Representatives and Senators, work with other inspiring college students with IBD, and create projects and campaigns that have made a lasting impact. Today I am proud that my IBD is a part of who I am and I firmly believed the challenges I have faced and people I have met have made me the person I am today. I know that more struggles might lie ahead for me and those I care about, yet for that reason, I will continue to share my experiences and advocate.