Could you tell us a little bit about your educational background?
I graduated from the University of San Diego in 2019 with a BA in neuroscience and a minor in Chemistry. During undergrad, I worked as an undergraduate researcher studying early onset Alzheimer’s disease, led a multicultural organization, and interned at a brain imaging clinic called CereScan.
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?
I have always been interested in science and knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue a profession in healthcare. In college, I became fascinated by the topic of genetics and the ethical questions surrounding it, and that is how I discovered genetic counseling. This profession integrates my two passions – my interest in genetics and my desire to support people through difficult times. This profession allows me to become an advocate for the health of my patients and an educator on genetics in my community.
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?
My greatest obstacle in my journey towards becoming a genetic counselor was self-doubt. I was surrounded by intelligent peers throughout undergrad, and I struggled with comparing myself to their achievements and career goals. However, I have grown to understand that we all carve our own unique career paths, and I should be proud of my journey and accomplishments.
What are you most looking forward to about beginning your Genetic Counseling studies?
I am looking forward to meeting all my fellow genetic counselors! Everyone I have encountered in the genetic counseling community has been so supportive, and I cannot wait to listen and learn from my diverse classmates and colleagues.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
I have been to 11 countries so far! I love to travel and explore the diverse cultures and traditions of each country.