Miss Capital City Anna Bridgeman is a sophomore at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, studying Biology. Her dream is to become a practicing physician. Anna is a pre-medical peer mentor and welcomes visitors to Carleton as a campus tour guide. She is certified in basic life support and mental health first aid. She works at the Carleton College Gender and Sexuality Center and has volunteered at the Northfield Hospital birth center. Last summer, she was selected to attend the University of Tennessee College of Medicine's Medical Explorations program at Erlanger Hospital. In the past year, she has spent almost 200 hours shadowing physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Anna has been a campus coordinator for Be the Match, and a liaison to the national organization. Be The Match is the largest and most diverse stem cell registry in the world. They work to pair potential donors with patients in need of life-saving transplants. Although over 70 diseases and disorders can be treated with stem cell and bone marrow transplants, 70% of patients do not have a match within their family. Registration is a quick and easy process involving a cheek swab and an online form. With this step, anyone can potentially help save the life of one of their "tissue twins."
When Anna visited Quebec with her family, she was able to use her conversational French skills. Besides Canada, she has visited 9 different countries. Her parents, younger brother and two dogs live in Fayetteville, Georgia, where Anna grew up. Transplanting to Minnesota for college, Anna feels like she found her home. Having performed in over 15 musicals, she used those skills at Carleton where she directed a 24 hour play. She loves the tight knit community at Carleton and is looking forward to getting to know her Miss Minnesota sisters as they prepare for the state competition in June.