What first got you interested in your field of choice?

I think I’ve always been been fascinated by the inventive ways people have addressed medical needs, from developing vaccines to using 3D printing to replace malformed organs. I knew I wanted to be at the forefront of cutting-edge medicine and help find solutions for complex medical issues.

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

Science never really came easy for me, especially when I took more rigorous courses in undergrad. I was worried I wasn’t cut out to have a STEM degree. However, having the courage to seek out help in moments of confusion, has helped me become more successful as a grad student. Entering this master’s program, I feel like I have become more confident as a scientist.

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

KGI had everything I was looking for in a master’s program: small class sizes, access to incredible resources, and a really supportive faculty.

Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?

First impressions set the tone for your academic career, it shapes how you’ll approach this overwhelming experience. You base your first impressions on the connections you make. I remember meeting a few second-year students during the academic prologue. They had an air of confidence about them and were super inviting. As I didn’t know many people here, this first interaction made a world of difference to me. They made me feel welcomed and I would like to do the same for the incoming graduate students. I want to aid in their transition to graduate school and make them feel welcomed as I did when I first came to KGI.

What is one fun and interesting fact about you?

I have been dancing hula since I was five!