What drew you to the field of medicine?
As a child I learned about the medical field from my uncle, who worked as an operating room nurse for many years. His stories of solving complex problems and utilizing advanced technology in order to save lives both inspired me and fueled my curiosity. As a result, I trained as an Emergency Medical Technician and shadowed a physician assistant in a hospital emergency room so I could experience the wonders of the medical field for myself. Whether it is performing basic life support in the back of an ambulance, or assisting with a laceration repair in the hospital, medicine provides me with a sense of fulfillment and thrill that I cannot find elsewhere.
What are your future plans?
After my time at the University of South Carolina, I hope to become a neurosurgeon, so I can repair and research the human body's most complex organ. In addition, I plan to one day embark on humanitarian missions in order to provide medicine to patients in developing countries, while at the same time learn about various cultures.