What first got you interested in your field of choice?
I came to KGI with the intention of jumpstarting my career in the life sciences industry, since it seemed so much more exciting and fast-paced than what academia had to offer. I enjoyed doing cognitive neuroscience research, but could not imagine myself pursuing the lengthy path of a PhD. I became interested in merging my science background with a business application by focusing on a career in life sciences consulting, using my analytical and communication skills to help companies make their therapeutics products a reality to patients.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?
At UCLA, I suffered from imposter syndrome and never felt quite good enough to belong. I never felt like I was accomplishing enough, studying hard enough, or even having enough fun with my free time. I eventually overcame it through meaningful internship experiences, extensive introspection on my personal values, and a strong support system made of friends and family. A lot of that self-doubt led to a long discovery process of my internal sources of confidence, which has solidified the strong sense of conviction that I have today.
How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
KGI’s strong ties with the larger biotech industry through their wide range of corporate partnerships made it really appealing school for me since I knew having a strong career services department would be vital in making the most out of my pursuit of higher education. The alumni I spoke to all had only wonderful things to say about their time at KGI and were willing to openly speak to give me advice and ‘pay it forward’. It speaks a lot to the culture that KGI creates with its students and faculty, building lifelong professional relationships and fostering a community of reciprocity.
Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?
I want to enlighten prospective students on their options for careers in the life sciences and advocate for KGI’s mission. Not many people know about this hidden gem, and I want to continue doing my part in ‘paying it forward’ by sharing my wonderful experiences with KGI. I had a great time learning more about our school through previous admissions ambassadors, and I think it’s very important to take pride in your school by becoming involved.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
I studied abroad at the University of Sydney in Australia, where I got to perform inside the Sydney Opera House with a string quartet.