Tell us about an experience you’ve had outside of class (an internship, research project, publication, etc.).
I am the founder and director of a non-profit organization, Student Scribes, in which college students scribe for medical professionals. This opportunity is mutually beneficial: medical professionals improve their efficiency by using a scribe to document directly into the electronic health records; additionally, students have the opportunity to have a hands‐on experience while learning the complexity, strength, and frailty of the human condition, and gaining experience in displaying compassion, empathy, and maturity. Currently I have 25 students throughout Southern California. I have partnered with KGI and Chaparral Medical Group to bring this opportunity to my peers. This experience has been life-changing: I have learned an incredible amount about professionalism, work ethic, and the healthcare industry. I am extremely passionate about my organization and I am delighted when a student gains the experience that will help them in their future careers.
What's one thing at KGI that no student should miss or what advice do you have for incoming students?
I would advise incoming students to come to KGI with an open mind and seize the opportunities that are presented to you. KGI has many valuable programs, but it is up to you to take advantage of them. If you think KGI can benefit from another program, take the initiative and foster your own program—it will benefit many students thereafter!
Additionally, I think every student should take ALS 320 (Medical Diagnostics). Although the class is difficult, you learn an incredible amount about team work, leadership, professionalism in the biotechnology field, tenacity, and companionship. This class allowed my cohort to bond on a deeper level, and pushed us to become tough and hard workers.
Where is your favorite spot at KGI or in Claremont and why?
I enjoy spending time and studying in the Loft or the Camp (both names created by Brandon Gordon) as I have made great memories and friendships in this era. I love the overhead windows and the newly added treadmill!