Could you tell us a little bit about your educational background?
I graduated from Florida State University in 2018. I majored in Biological Science and minored in Chemistry and Psychology. During my time in undergrad, I participated in directed independent research in a yeast genetics lab.
What first got you interested in the healthcare field as a career choice? There are a lot of career options in the field -nursing, physician assistant, etc., what made you decide that genetic counseling was the right practice area/career choice for you?
Science has always been my favorite subject in school, and I had a tough time figuring out how to make it my career. Healthcare seemed like it would be the most dependable option, but I had no real passion for medicine or nursing. After getting my bachelor's, I got a job working at a healthcare center to gain some experience and noticed “genetic counselors” in their directory. A quick Google search later and I found my dream career.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education and in particular in pursuing your Genetic Counseling degree?
Like many others, I struggle a great deal with self-doubt. It has kept me from doing a lot of things in life, and applying for genetic counseling programs was no exception. The process is highly competitive, and it took three cycles for me to finally match. I try to remember that everyone’s journey and ideas of success are different. What helps me is to reflect on past achievements, spend time with friends and family who believe in me, and practice self-compassion.
What are you most looking forward to about beginning your Genetic Counseling studies?
Building meaningful relationships with fellow students, faculty, mentors, and patients.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
I collect insects! Some of my favorite specimens are a purple scarab beetle and an Atlas moth. I’m always on the lookout for more to add to my collection.