Could you tell us a little bit about your educational background?
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Genetics and Genomics emphasis in the Fall of 2020. I had the opportunity to participate in a research program at the University of Utah (The GURU program) where I focused on ELSI research and co authored two papers.
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?
Early in my undergraduate degree, I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. I encountered my first genetic counselor at this time, and was inspired and intrigued by my experience. I felt a sense of certainty about pursuing Genetic Counseling that I had not felt considering other healthcare fields. I knew I had found what I was passionate about and something that I could contribute to in meaningful ways given my own experiences.
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?
Having a disability can be a challenge for anybody. This was my greatest challenge as I learned to adapt to my new reality physically and emotionally. Through a strong support network and learning to advocate for myself and others, I gained the strength I needed to succeed.
What are you most looking forward to about beginning your Genetic Counseling studies?
I am excited to contribute my insight as a patient to the field and to learn how to be my most compassionate self. I want to be a strong advocate for others as my mentors have been for me.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
I began my undergraduate studies on an acting scholarship! I love acting and theater and while I did not end up getting my degree in it, I have learned a lot from my time on the stage and act as a hobby.