What first got you interested in your field of choice?

My continued love of learning is what drew me into the field of STEM as an undergraduate student and one of the reasons why I choose to pursue a career in medicine. As an early premed, I first became interested in community medicine during a summer internship with Health Career Connections (HCC). After having the opportunity to talk and network with various healthcare leaders, I found that the field of community medicine aligned best with my interests and future goals of practicing as a physician in the San Joaquin Valley.

What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?

I am very fortunate to have a strong support system of family, friends, and mentors that continues to push me in all aspects of my life. My ultimate goal is to matriculate into medical school and practice as a physician in the San Joaquin Valley. The biggest obstacle I have had to overcome during my academic journey were things like imposter syndrome, fear of failure and low levels of motivation, specifically in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the help of my support system, I was able to continue my education with KGI and eagerly continue my pursuit of matriculating into medical school.

How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?

I first heard of KGI after seeing a Together We Mentor (TWM) flier on the MiMentor.Org website for a Q&A session with leaders of the Masters of Science in Community Medicine (MSCM) program. After attending the workshop, I knew the MSCM program was something I wanted to be a part of due to its mission and commitment toward the improvement of underserved communities. I am eager to take the skills and knowledge that I will obtain over the next two years and apply them to my own community as a future mentor, advocate, and physician.

Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?

As a student in the MSCM inaugural cohort, it is important that I am able to connect to my fellow peers and prospective students. I want to be able to be a representative not only of the KGI community but a representative of my own community so that anyone who comes from a similar background would feel comfortable reaching out and asking questions. I welcome all prospective MSCM students to please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn!

What is one fun and interesting fact about you?

I love the outdoors and will jump at any opportunity to learn a new hobby. Some hobbies of mine include hiking, camping, white water rafting, snowboarding (I'm not that great & have only gone twice), and painting.