What first got you interested in your field of choice?

I have always known I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare because of my love for the intersections between hard sciences and humanities, but I was unsure what I wanted to do in the field. After volunteering at clinics and hospitals in the Inland Empire, I found my passion in helping underserved communities gain access to quality healthcare and in creating positive health outcomes. I plan on applying to medical school in hopes of using what I have learned in the MSCM program to offer a different perspective on healthcare.

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

While I am very satisfied with my educational path, being a non-traditional student trying to apply to medical school and the impact COVID-19 had on my education has been difficult for me. In undergrad, I took STEM classes, but my major was gender and sexuality studies, making it hard to find a community of peers on the same path as I was. I felt lost and as if I was the only one dipping in both humanities and STEM with little guidance. Coming to KGI helped me find this community I longed for. My classmates and I come from very different backgrounds and learn from each other’s unique experiences.

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

I initially heard about KGI from a friend who was applying and decided to look into the various programs. I was unsure of what I wanted to do in my gap after undergrad and was specifically attracted to the MSCM program because of its flexibility. Being in an online program has allowed me to continue my education while working and gaining more experience in the field. The support and encouragement from KGI faculty while attending info sessions and applying was also another main reason I applied.

Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?

I became an Admissions Ambassador to represent my program and have the opportunity to share my experiences with prospective and incoming students. I would love to meet with students to answer any questions they may have about the MSCM program and help guide them! I believe that hearing from others in your position will often help relieve the stresses and anxiety that may come with pursuing higher education.

What is one fun and interesting fact about you?

I have a twin brother. I love waking up with the sunrise and enjoy cooking/baking for my family and friends!