What first got you interested in your field of choice?

I always knew I wanted to work in the medical field and this was solidified through my personal experiences. Working with both physical and occupational therapists after my surgery allowed me to not only see the progression I had within myself but with other patients as well. After working closely with both professions for months, I researched the field of occupational therapy and aligned with the holistic aspect. OTs not only treat clients based on their injury/disability but, they also look into limiting factors each client is experiencing within their daily lives, which aligns with my beliefs.

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

Experiencing the loss of my sister during undergrad was a substantial setback for me. I struggled maintaning my role as a student while trying to grieve in a way I knew of. As a result, I received less than a 1.0 GPA for two semesters. After allowing myself time to grieve, I knew I had to get back on track. I changed my mindset and implemented self-care, which allowed me to earn a bachelor’s degree for myself, but also for my sister since she did not have the opportunity to attend school despite wanting to. Although I have gone through a lot, I managed to be the first in my family to graduate with a college degree and with honors.

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

I knew Keck Graduate Institute was the right school for me because of their atmosphere, the faculty, and the warm welcoming. In comparison to other universities I have toured, it did not compare to what I experienced at KGI, which gave me the “this is it feeling.” I knew this is where I wanted to attend and receive my doctorate degree from. Additionally, having a small class size allows me to connect with both peers and professors.

Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?

I want to build a connection with prospective students and share my experiences that I have received from KGI within the past year. KGI has a lot to offer in terms of a caring and understanding community of faculty and students, developing professional skills, and fun activities to participate in that allow for mingling with other students outside of your program. I hope to provide the same experience to prospective students on why KGI would be the best fit for them academically and socially.

What is one fun and interesting fact about you?

I have my spine fused T4-L5.