What first got you interested in your field of choice?

My interest in genetics was cemented in high school—I had always liked science growing up, but it was in high school biology that I first enjoyed learning about inheritance patterns, Mendelian genetics, and various genetic diseases. That interest was something that guided me in choosing a major as an undergraduate, and now, as a part of the MSGDA program at KGI. In pursuing genetics and genomic data analytics, I seek a career in an exciting field where discoveries are constantly being made and where I hope to be a part of the clinical workspace and on a broader level, positively impact human health.

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

As the first person in my family to pursue a graduate degree, deciding on my future steps after earning my bachelor’s degree was a challenge. Finding that direction, however, was made easier with the help of great friends in my major, a supportive family, and endeavoring to see graduate school as the true beginning for my career. While I might have felt a bit lost when I first started out, I can say that coming to KGI and joining the MSGDA program was definitely the right decision.

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

Before applying, an older student told me that while the academic features of a program are definitely important, I should also keep in mind how I had felt when interviewing. That turned out to be instrumental advice, as my decision to come to KGI was heavily influenced by the close-knit, supportive community that is clearly present among the staff and students. I even had the chance to speak to an Admissions Ambassador at my interview, who helped me make that decision, and in choosing KGI, find an environment where I felt I could be supported in a professional capacity.

Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?

As an Admissions Ambassador, I have the opportunity to be a person who could help a prospective student make their own decision and, for me, is a way to get involved with the KGI community right from the beginning of my graduate school journey. Being online this year, it is a nice way to connect with not only future students, but also my fellow Ambassadors, and develop my interpersonal communication and networking skills even further.

What is one fun and interesting fact about you?

I danced and performed throughout high school and college, for about 8 years—including styles like ballet, contemporary, and jazz!