Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
Young motivated Latino that aspires to be authentic and spontaneous.
Tell us about the website you started.
I remember during my application process, for Podiatry schools, that I had so many unanswered questions, for example, what is residency? Why is Podiatry separate from medical school? It is not until one year later that I have finally accumulated answers to all my questions, and I wanted to share this knowledge with up and coming students who were in the process of applying. In addition, there was no centralized website where students interested in the profession could click on helpful links as to everything Podiatry has to offer.
Since January of this year, I finally decided to take it upon myself to create a new fresh website catered to high school and college students that wanted information about Podiatry. For the past 4 months I taught myself some code, learned privacy settings, by-laws, entrepreneurship and business ethics. I did all of this while still having to learn about the human body during Podiatry medical school.
The end result was prepodiatrylife.com.
Why did you choose SMU?
I was sold into coming to SMU once I visited their school's MARC-lab, Anatomy lab and Highland Hospital Podiatry partnership. In addition, I couldn't help to notice the faculty and staff's attention to detail- to me as an individual, the sense of "family" felt by the faculty members in the CSPM office and professionalism portrayed in the Financial Aid office. All this convinced me that I had to come here; my "this is where I belong" feeling kicked in and I was at peace with my decision to attend SMU.
What has been your favorite class or experience?
I would have to say my favorite experience was the week leading up to our class' white coat ceremony. If I recall, we had midterms that week meaning we were constantly being bombarded with exams. By the end of the week, including myself, we were all tired, stressed, moody, hungry and 'zombie-looking'. However, all that changed later that night as we awaited to walk the stage to receive our long awaited white coats. I had never seen so many smiling faces within our class all at once, but most importantly I had never seen so many parents, siblings, faculty and staff all united in a small auditorium to give us, the class of 2018, praise for our hard work. There was a light at the end of the tunnel, and as a class, we had reached it.
What's your favorite thing to do when you are not in class or studying?
I love to travel, visiting new restaurants, taking amazing captivating pictures and attending private/city wide social events. I'm a young traveler that likes to explore new parts of the Bay area. However, my go-to places are usually San Francisco's Pier 39 and Chinatown.
What is one thing you'd like to tell a new student just entering your program?
Motivation. Motivation. Motivation. If you thought undergrad was hard and the MCAT was the most stressing thing in the world, you are going to be in for a wake-up call once you receive your first exam in Podiatry medical school. The key is to get to know yourself, know your habits, understand how you learn and never compare yourself to anybody else. In the end it is you who is going to be alone in a room taking care of your patients, not you and your friends.