Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
Hard working, ambitious, goal oriented, spontaneous, fun
At what moment in your life did you decide you wanted to go into healthcare?
When I was in graduate school taking a course in Anatomy & Physiology, my professor said that podiatry is a field that most pre-med students often overlooked. In fact, his neighbor was a podiatrist, and he came in to give us a lecture on lower extremities. I decided to apply to a podiatry school to learn more about it, and I have fell in love with the field ever since. There is so much more to the foot and ankle then one can truly appreciate.
What were the main obstacles you faced?
Juggling all of the course load when I first got to Samuel Merritt was definitely a challenge. The classes are very fast paced, and we covered a lot of material in a very short period of time.
Why did you choose Samuel Merritt University?
California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) has a long history of producing very successful podiatrists, but the bigger factor is the fact how we have our own professors and that the administration really listens to the students feedback and takes it to heart. They are constantly making changes to improve the curriculum and our education. The scholarships are also a big plus.
What has been your favorite class or experience?
My favorite experience will have to be my first day of clinic. Being able to take everything that you have learned in the classroom and physically applying it, and know that you did it right is an amazing feeling!
What's your favorite thing to do when you are not in class or studying?
EAT and explore!!! The Bay Area is so culturally diverse. There is so much good food here and places to visit/explore.
What is one thing you'd like to tell a new student just entering your program?
The first few years are going to be tough, but it is also very fun. Just hang in there until the end.