Q: Why did you choose to pursue a career in healthcare?
For two main reasons: I was drawn to biology and research, and I wanted to make the most meaningful contribution possible. Nothing is more important than your health, so choosing a career in healthcare allowed me to combine the satisfaction of doing research with the fulfillment of treating patients.
Q: What are some meaningful extracurricular activities that you were involved in while at UConn?
Research was my most meaningful experience at UConn, and building a skillset in research gave me context for approaching complex medical problems. Working as a clinical research assistant at Connecticut Children's Medical Center as part of MCB 3100 Introduction to Translational Research was also influential, and taught me that I really enjoyed pediatrics.
Q: What did you do during your growth year(s) and what did you learn?
I took three years to work as a research assistant in the lab of a physician-scientist to gain more research experience and ultimately decide whether to pursue a career in medicine. I learned I was better suited for a career in which I could do research and practice medicine, rather than doing research alone.
Q: What are some ways that you take care of your mental health and overall wellbeing?
Choosing something that I really enjoy doing day-to-day is the best thing I've done for my mental health. In times of stress, taking time off and being with family works well for me.