Pre-Health Focus: Pre-Med
Minor(s): Spanish and Pre-Health Professions Studies
Hometown: Post Falls, Idaho
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities: I try to stay active during school so I love to go for runs and long walks on the Moscow trails. This summer I am going to try to explore some of the nearby hiking trails and falls. I also love to read when I have time. I volunteer at a retirement home a couple weekends a month. My family lives in Post Falls, so I like to travel home to visit them also.
Initial Interest: My specific area of interest is in family medicine. I hope to become a family doctor, and I would like to explore the opportunity to do an OB fellowship to gain more education and expertise in that field. I became interested in family medicine after doing some shadowing hours, and getting a better idea of what it would be like to be a doctor.
Experience Highlights: I learned a lot as CNA in a nursing home. It was hard work, but I learned what it was like to care for people who really needed my help. I think it is important for all medical professionals to see that side of health care. Another valuable opportunity was shadowing physicians in a specific area of interests. It is easy to develop misconceptions about workload and time commitments of being in health care, but shadowing someone in the medical field helped me gain a better understanding of what my future could be.
Advice for new Pre-Health Students: The advice I wish I had received when I first came to U of I would be to stay positive and as stress free as possible. I came here thinking I needed to be perfect. I thought in order to be pre-med I needed perfect grades, two majors, and to be involved in every club and activity possible. I think those are common misconceptions, and I just want all the incoming students to know that you don't need to be perfect. Take your time, and enjoy yourself here at the university. Try not to get involved in any clubs or activities that you don't think you will enjoy. Don't stretch yourself too thin either. Do what feels right to you, and everything will work out how it is supposed to work out. I know that you will be overwhelmed with all of the tasks presented to you, and like me you will probably try to do everything you need to do right away, but just let life give you the opportunities you need.