Q: Why did you choose to pursue a career in healthcare?
It's cliché to say, but I really do love the intersection of science and the ability to care for others. Through my shadowing experiences, I have also seen physicians advocate for their patients' best interests and have a direct, positive impact on their quality of life, which has been really inspiring.
Q: What are some meaningful extracurricular activities that you were involved in while at UConn?
I really enjoyed working in an assisted living home during the summers because it allowed me to get some first-hand experience with caregiving. Another activity I really enjoyed in undergrad was being a TA for PNB 2274/5 because I was able to help other students succeed in a course that is notoriously challenging.
Q: What did you do during your growth year(s) and what did you learn?
I took two gap years before starting medical school. During this time, I worked as a research technician in a lab where we conducted bedside-to-bench research on patients with primary immunodeficiencies. This experience allowed me to learn even more about medicine and develop my bench skills. It was through this experience that I saw how big of an impact physicians can truly have on their patients, which is what solidified my decision to pursue medicine.
Q: What are some ways that you take care of your mental health and overall wellbeing?
To take care of myself, I try to stay on top of my assignments and responsibilities to prevent getting overwhelmed and stressed out.
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring pre-health students?
Do extra-curricular activities that interest you and that you find fulfilling because these experiences will be the most impactful.
Q: What’s something that you wish you knew when you were in college?
The MCAT may seem daunting, but UConn provides you with a great knowledge base and the critical thinking skills necessary to do really well on the exam. Don't sweat it!