Pre-medical Student from Jackson, MS
Why did you decide to pursue this health profession? Like many people, I have wanted to be a doctor my entire life. It was after my research experience at UMMC that I realized I would never be content just practicing medicine. I want to be able to practice and innovate, and so I chose to pursue and MD/PhD with Biomedical Engineering.
What is your major and why did you choose it? In undergrad, I chose to major in Engineering so I could learn mathematical/physical principles and still have time to learn the fundamentals of pre-med. I am graduate student pursing a biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering degree with hopes of matriculating into an MD/PhD program.
How has the HPAO helped you? I am not exactly sure where I would be without Kelli and Sovent. During my freshman year of undergrad, I was struggling with some extenuated family issues, and my grades reflected that struggle. Only through the encouragement given to me by the HPAO was I able to rebound and end up where I am today. They have the resources and knowledge to help you understand where you are and where you need to be.
What is your most memorable experience working with the HPAO? Being so heavily introverted, it is surreal for me to look back on my time with HPAO and see the memories that meant the most to me. Without a doubt, my most memorable experiences have been interacting with high school seniors and talking them through their options/goals. As soon as I realized I was staying at the University in a graduate program, I immediately emailed the HPAO to make sure I could still be an ambassador.
What are your career goals? Being so invested in medical devices, it is difficult to see myself doing anything different. The plan for now is to attend an MD/PhD program at an institution that offers biomedical engineering. After that, it is difficult to say. Wherever I end up, I just want to make sure I maintain the potential to innovate healthcare across the world.
What is your favorite meal in Oxford? You would be hard-pressed to find a better meal than Aloha has to offer! I get the drunken noodle with tofu, spice level 10.
What are you happiest doing when not working or studying? I find it difficult to even consider research “working”, but outside of the academic world, I play a whole lot of disc golf! I find few things more enjoyable than escaping the concrete jungle and playing a sport through the woods.