Undergrad Institution: Texas A&M University in College Station, TX
Why did you pursue podiatric medicine? I pursued podiatric medicine because I’ve been an athlete all my life and experienced numerous foot and ankle injuries, so I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine and help other athletes and the general population with similar injuries. I also think foot and ankle surgery is fascinating.
Why did you choose Kent State? I chose Kent State because when I visited the campus during my interview process I felt right at home. The atmosphere remained me of my high school and college experiences where the staff are really there to help you succeed, and all the students seemed to get along really well. I’ve also always wanted to visit Cleveland…but living here is much cooler!
What is your favorite aspect of Kent State? My favorite aspect of Kent State now that I’m a student here is all of the opportunities that the school is giving me. I am loving all of the different seminars and lectures from current doctors.
What are some of the organizations you belong to? I am involved in ACFAS, ASPS, Sports Med club, Diversity club, and Soccer club…I have also met with the OCPM Foundation President to talk to him about medical mission trips (to Haiti, Nicaragua, etc.) being a yearly thing for several students each year here at the school.
As a first year student, what are some of the challenges you faces transitioning into medical school? The only challenge I have faced while being a first-year medical student is making sure that I can get in a workout every day at the gym. As an athlete in college, I was forced to workout every day. Now, I have to force myself to go and take a break from studying!
One word that describes me best: Determined
One word that describes KSUCPM: Family
Favorites: Favorite movie: The Lion King Favorite song: Faithfully by Journey Favorite Starbucks drink: Salted Caramel Mocha Favorite class: ANATOMY (I love it so much!!) Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Go to Browns and Cavs games Favorite sport to watch: College Football (Gig ‘em Aggies!) Favorite sport to play: Soccer Favorite food: Tacos