My interest in medicine sparked at a young age after seeing many health disparities since I grew up in a rural area. I wanted to be a person of change in people’s lives through medicine. Seeing firsthand some of my friends and family traveling many miles to receive care, sparked my interest further.
Who or what has inspired you while at VCOM?
I believe my friends that I made here have inspired me. My intelligent and driven friends remind me every day why we work so hard to become the best physicians we can be. We all know what it is truly like to be a medical student, and sometimes it is hard to find the motivation. I wouldn’t be an OMS-II if it weren’t for my amazing friends for always pushing me and motivating me to be the best I can be.
How has the VCOM mission-inspired you as a medical student?
The VCOM mission has inspired me as a medical student because it is very important to serve the underserved to promote human health. Since I’m from a rural area, I have seen firsthand the difference in our country's health disparities. This continues to motivate me as a medical student because I hope to go back to my area and serve those in need one day. VCOM also facilitates many clinics in these areas, which I have attended and have seen what a difference they can make.
Who or what inspired you to study medicine?
My interest in medicine sparked at a young age after seeing many health disparities since I grew up in a rural area. I wanted to be a person of change in people’s lives through medicine. Seeing firsthand some of my friends and family traveling many miles to receive care, sparked my interest further. Nutrition has also been a huge aspect of my life. Through college, I took as many nutrition and medically-oriented classes as possible because I believe lifestyle factors such as nutrition and exercise are incredibly important for human health. Shadowing Dr. Christina Kozar solidified my desire to go into medicine.
Why did you choose VCOM?
One reason I chose VCOM was because of its proximity to Virginia Tech. I attended many events such as open houses, ShaDO day, mini-med school, and various other VCOM events while attending VT. Through these events, I saw how happy the current students were and how welcoming the staff was toward incoming students. I knew right then that VCOM was the perfect fit for me. VCOM’s International Outreach Program was another factor that guided my decision, as well.
What do you enjoy most about living in the area around your campus?
I have always loved Blacksburg, VA. I like its partnership with Virginia Tech as I have participated in VT’s intramural sports such as volleyball and water polo. I also don’t think there is anything I love more than a Virginia Tech football game. Go Hokies! I also spend a lot of time running and walking on the Huckleberry Trail. Lastly, Blacksburg is very close to the Appalachian Trail, where I love to hike with my friends.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I like to work out and play volleyball with other VCOM students. A lot of us are pretty competitive with sports, so we play intramurals as well. One of my biggest stress relievers is baking, whether it is cookies, brownies, or muffins. I also like to hang out with my friends after a long week of studying and tests so we can relax together.
Are you interested in a particular practice or specialty once you graduate? What has inspired your interest in this specialty?
I am extremely interested in Sports Medicine after I graduate. I think my nutrition background and lifestyle would suit me well in Sports Med. Shadowing our incredible Sports Med physicians also gave me a sense of clarity that that is where I belong. I find it very rewarding to work with college athletes and help them pursue their dreams while aiding their health.