What first got you interested in your field of choice?
My first encounter with genetic counseling occurred the same year I applied to the program! When a family member’s hospital visit led us to be asked if we’d seen a genetic counselor, I found myself with another career option where I truly saw myself helping other people. Watching YouTube videos documenting genetic counselors in hospitals, I found that genetic counseling combines what I love: patient interaction and genetics. My passion for this field has only grown since joining KGI’s wonderful GC program!
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?
As a female, first-generation American, I faced obstacles that are all too familiar to most of us today. But I found that reaching out when I did not understand something, and speaking up when I wasn’t treated right, was key to overcoming barriers set up to tear me down.
I spent most of my journey through higher education trying to navigate through the confusing system and trying to understand what options I had to pursue. Enduring consistent microaggressions from both professors and peers, I found myself becoming more and more passionate about helping those of us in disadvantaged situations. I made it my goal to initiate conversations, clubs, and events that would provide people with resources and opportunities to help bridge the gap between underrepresented communities and the path to higher education.
These obstacles have only made me more excited to be part of an organization like KGI that reaches out and tries to cater to everyone!
How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
After the pre-interview “happy hour” hosted by the genetic counseling students, I knew that KGI was where I wanted to go! The students were unbelievably kind and honest and could not stop raving about the awesome professors and directors (hi Ashley and Emily!). I was also in love with KGI’s small school setting and its focus on hands-on and collaborative learning.
Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?
KGI truly does bring out the best in its students. Because they have such a wonderful mission that faculty and staff take to heart, I want to help welcome prospective and incoming students the same way I was welcomed to KGI.
I’ve also found that joining organizations within whatever university I’m attending has helped me to network better, make new friends, and learn more about the awesome community I’m spending all my time in!
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
I am an avid reader and find books to be the next best thing when I can’t travel. Hit me up if you ever need a book recommendation!