Hometown: Norcross, GA
Year in Med School: Second year
Where did you complete your undergraduate education?
Johns Hopkins University
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am a native Georgian who was born and raised in the metro Atlanta area. I enjoy playing basketball, hammocking, and eating Taco Bell. My career aspirations include not only becoming a physician, but also a world-renowned food critic. You can catch me at your local Starbucks ordering a Peppermint Mocha Latte, even in the middle of July.
Why did you choose MCG and the Medical Partnership campus?
I chose MCG and the Medical Partnership because it allowed me to return home to be a part of the Georgia community again after being away 4 years. I also was interested in the smaller group learning as most of college classes I had pretty groups of students in my classes. It also felt like it easier for me to get to know the faculty and my fellow classmates which has been true throughout my first two years here.
What is your advice for someone who is interested in medical school?
I think the biggest piece of advice is to surround yourself with truly enjoyable experiences that help you figure why you want to medicine. A lot of students tend to do everything that is pre-health related to check boxes, but developing a passion and enjoyment for medicine is what will keep you motivated in the long run.
What is a typical day for you?
My average day begins with a hot cup of coffee and attending whatever class I have going on that day. I usually take a break after for lunch and more coffee. I spend most of the afternoon at a local coffee shop (I love coffee if you can’t tell) or in the Medical Partnership’s gorgeous new library working through material that we are learning that week. Towards the evening, I try to cap my studying and turn off everything school related. Usually I’ll head to the gym, eat a ton of food right after, and squeeze in a few episodes of Netflix until I head to bed.
What motivated you to want to be a physician?
Growing up seeing how being in a state of poor health prevented people from achieving their own goals and desires has always made me respect the role a physician has in changing that. My motivation, therefore, to become a physician is that I will have the opportunity help patients’ reach a better state of health that will open the door to opportunities for them.
Favorite place to eat in Athens:
Mama’s Boy, but Taco Bell is a close tie.
If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be?