What first got you interested in your field of choice?
Being the oldest and the first in my family to have any US education, my parents heavily relied on me to navigate the healthcare world because they didn't speak English. Constantly translating and rotating through packed doctor's office visits was initially a daunting task for a painfully shy nine-year-old child. However, I soon made me realized that the doctor's office was a welcoming place that helped others, and the simple act of translating helped my loved ones gain access to better healthcare and, ultimately, a higher quality of life. Since that time, it has become my passion for continuing to build my skill set with the knowledge, tools, and compassion to one day serve as a competent provider for not only my family but for all others going through the same struggles.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?
Though I loved healthcare and continued to strive towards pursuing this goal during undergrad, I did not do well academically and became overwhelmed with my studies and extracurricular activities. I was the first in my family to pursue higher education, and I had to navigate my academic journey on my own. I took too many classes, spent too much time interning at a hospital every week, and maintained a part-time job to cover my living expenses and support my family. However, the biggest change I've gained since that time is my perspective. Now that I've been given the opportunity to be in graduate school to improve my chances of getting into PA school, I now have the mental clarity to do well academically and prioritize what's important to me while also enjoying the process of learning and growing.
How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
After graduating from undergrad, I wanted to make sure that I needed to find a school that pushed me academically as well as catered to my aspirations to become a physician assistant. KGI was the only post-baccalaureate program I found that fits specifically for the PA profession. I loved that KGI was a very healthcare-focused school since I wanted to surround my like-minded peers and faculty that would support my journey. Also, even during my interview for KGI, I immediately felt the compassion and support that KGI would provide that I still see to this day as a current student.
Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?
After graduating from undergrad almost a decade ago, the idea of going back to graduate school is very terrifying. However, the academic success I’ve had at KGI, along with the support I’ve had here, has really built my confidence to apply to PA school. I was originally in the PPA program and transitioned into the MS program. I am currently in the process of applying to PA school this year. KGI’s curriculum, with its emphasis on teamwork, leadership, and public speaking, has helped me develop soft skills that I think every academic program should strive for. I want to inspire prospective and current students at KGI to pursue their career goals and let them know of all the resources and opportunities we have here. I have built strong relationships with my professors, developed strong study habits, and have had many opportunities here. These experiences have added many layers to my resume and applications that would not have had otherwise without KGI. I have been in a place of uncertainty and doubt for many years, and after my time here, I believe I can represent what a successful KGI student can be. Everyone deserves a second chance at their dreams, and I want to support anyone who's willing to go for it!
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
I love rock climbing! Though I'm not naturally the most athletic climber and usually the smallest person in the gym, I love challenging myself to "send it" to make it to the top. It's the opposite of studying in a classroom all day, and it gives me an excuse to go outside and relax. I'm always looking for a belaying partner. Also, a bonus fact, I love cooking and trying new recipes. I even started a written recipe book at the beginning of the pandemic, where I updated all my favorite ones down.