What first got you interested in your field of choice?
I had a general interest in the sciences and field of healthcare when I started as an undergraduate. My goals and passions narrowed while working as an ophthalmic technician and shadowing physicians on a mission trip. After witnessing and being part of a team that provided ophthalmic care to patients abroad, I knew that I wanted my role in medicine to be the leader of a healthcare team. My desire to become a physician has grown stronger over the last few years through shadowing experiences and working directly with patients.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?
I had a rather difficult time adjusting to college. I had to challenge myself to seek opportunities outside of my comfort zone at the University of San Diego. These were my most significant years of personal and academic growth, and overcoming these challenges helped lead me to KGI.
How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
When I met with the PPC program directors, Joon Kim and Elba Munoz, at KGI’s fall visit day, they demonstrated a strong passion and commitment for guiding students through their healthcare journeys. Out of all of the post-baccalaureate programs that I was considering, KGI showed a personal and genuine interest in their students’ professional and academic success. I felt confident in my program advisors’ abilities to mentor me during my time at KGI. I was also attracted to the school’s vast research opportunities and labs on campus.
Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?
Student Ambassadors at KGI and the University of San Diego made me feel welcomed and confident that I would be happy attending the school. I want people to find the place that will best suit their needs and satisfy what they are looking for in a graduate school. I believe KGI has a lot to offer its students, especially in areas of research, professional development, and networking. As an Admissions Ambassador, I hope to share my experiences with potential students so that they, too, can find their new community.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
I love live music. Pre-COVID-19 era, I would travel around Southern California to attend different venues and listen to all different genres. One of my favorite spots to see up-and-coming artists is the House of Blues in Downtown San Diego.