What first got you interested in your field of choice?
I first got interested in medicine as an undergraduate freshman, when I contracted a rare complication of tonsillitis and spent a few weeks in the hospital as a patient, where I got to see the healthcare team work together. From that experience and a scribing position, I knew I wanted patient care to be the primary part of my potential medical career. However, I often felt that I wanted to do something supplemental with a potential career in medicine, but never quite found what that could be until I came to KGI. After taking several first-year MBS classes during my PPC year, I became keenly interested in a potential supplemental career in the bioscience industry as a physician, helping companies bring life-saving therapies to patients.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?
I wanted to attend medical school immediately after my undergraduate education, but like many many students, I wasn’t able to gain admission on my first try. I’ve had to bolster my academic and personal record through my time at KGI to gain admission to medical school.
How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
I initially came to KGI for the PPC program. There are a lot of “Postbac” programs around the country, but I was seeking a program where I wouldn’t have to retake undergraduate courses and wouldn’t have to take medical school courses that I would eventually repeat in medical school. I was looking for a program where I could take additional relevant classes while learning something entirely new, and I found that in KGI with the focus on bioscience industry classes.
Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?
My two years at KGI have hands-down been the most academically and personally rich in my entire academic career. I owe so much of where I stand today to the opportunities that KGI gave me when they accepted me into the PPC program and allowed me to stay the second year for the MBS program. Thus, I want to give back to this school that has given me so much and to help connect prospective students to opportunities they need to advance their career goals.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
I’m a “microscope hobbyist.” I use my microscope to explore my surrounding world and take amazing pictures of what I see—my favorite pictures are of flower petals like sunflowers!