My name is Isabel Ralle and I grew up in a small town in north-western Germany. As a child I spent a lot of time in the surrounding forests with our family dog. At that time I developed a relationship to nature that I still have to this day. At school I particularly enjoyed the sciences and got on especially well in biology, which was part of the reason why I decided to train to be a physiotherapist. After working in this field for a few years I wanted to be able to understand the subject of medicine in more detail. I am now in my fourth year at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover and I am enjoying every minute of it.
In my life I have been lucky enough to go on a wide variety of trips abroad both alone and with friends and have always enjoyed the chance to experience new cultures. It is this love of travelling that has seen me climb mountains, cycle across countries and get to know lots of amazing people from across the world.
I hope that my future career will be based within a scientific field, but as yet I have not decided in exactly which area that will be. I find the prospect of scientific research really exciting and I am really looking to the opportunity to come and work in a laboratory at a leading facility such as Cornell.