What first got you interested in your field of choice?

I was introduced to the PA profession when I started volunteering as a Cope Health Scholar in the Emergency Department. The more I worked with PAs, the more interested I became in the profession. My interactions with PAs ultimately led me to do more research, and I knew it was the right healthcare career for me!

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

My journey to PA school has been untraditional. I graduated from UCR in 2016, and afterward, I still needed to fulfill the prerequisites to apply. I did this while working as a Medical Scribe and a Behavioral Interventionist. Then in 2020, I decided that I needed some help with applying to PA school, and I started looking for Post-Bacc programs that could help me both professionally and academically. I am the first in my family to graduate from a University and attend Graduate school, so I wanted to make sure that I had everything I needed to apply and to be successful in PA school.

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

I was fortunate to receive both my PPA Certificate and my MS from KGI previously, and when I heard that KGI was going to have a PA program, I was very excited to apply! KGI staff and faculty are super involved. They are always there for students and want to make sure that we all succeed. I knew that the KGI MSPA program was also going to ensure that I received the best education. The environment here is wonderful, supportive, and collaborative; it makes me feel comfortable. I made the right choice for the 3rd time, and I am super fortunate and thankful to have the opportunity to continue my education here at KGI.

Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?

KGI has done so much for me academically and professionally, and I want to be able to help prospective students find their homes here at KGI just like I did!

What is one fun and interesting fact about you?

I trained in Tae Kwon Do for seven years and received my Black Belt. I also played the clarinet for seven years, and I miss it so much!