Fort Hood, Texas
Undergraduate college: Texas Tech University! Go Red Raiders!
Current year at KSUCPM: 1st Year
Have you begun to prepare for Boards yet? If so, what are you doing in terms of preparation? Any advice?
I have not started to prepare for boards, but I have been trying to take very good notes and supplemental materials so that when I do start preparing, I'll be in a good position to do so.
What is your favorite class at KSUCPM and why?
I would have to say that Microbiology with Dr. Wright is my favorite class. Dr. Wright is very entertaining and is always finding a way to help make learning more exciting. I have always loved working in the laboratory and learning about various microorganisms and pathogens.
How do you strike a balance between class work, studying, and social activities? Any suggestions for prospective students on building/maintaining a balance?
Finding a balance between all pillars of life can be very challenging. For myself, I always try and write out my schedule at the beginning of the week and try and stick to it as much as I can. I also try and schedule periodic breaks such as running or watching a good television show, and of course sleeping! Being involved in social activities I think are great stress relievers.
I would tell the future students to learn how to prioritize tasks throughout the week so that if there is an event that you would like to attend or if you'd like to take a day off, you can afford to do so.
Do you have any ideas as to where you'd like to specialize (residency and beyond)?
There are so many specialties in podiatry, but I am very interested in wound care or diabetic limb salvage. As to where I'd like to attend residency, I am keeping an open mind but I am very interested in the programs here in Ohio and some on the East coast.
What advice do you have for anyone considering podiatry school?
Congratulations! You have made a great decision because this is the best career field to go into! To ensure that this is the right career field for you, make sure that you shadow a Podiatric Physician and complete all of the pre-requisites and the application early.
What are some activities you are involved in at KSUCPM?
I am involved in various clubs on campus. One of the clubs that I am involved in is OPMSA, where I am the Director of Clinical Affairs Elect. I look forward to this upcoming school year where I will be coordinating all clinical events for students such as their required instruments and scrubs for clinic and externships and also help coordinating the Clinical Symposium with AAWP. OPMSA is an organization where we as members get a chance to interact with all campus organizations and those in the community.
What do you enjoy most about KSUCPM?
I really enjoy the support and comradery among the students, staff, and professors.
Why did you choose to attend KSUCPM?
When I came for my interview, all of the students and staff were all very encouraging and all had great things to say about this institution. I felt a sense of being right at "home" and all of the phenomenal resources that are available here, made me want to come here even more.
As a first-year student, what are some of the challenges you faced (if any) while transitioning into medical school?
A challenge that everyone faces when entering into medical school is learning how to balance the 1st year class load. However, the biggest challenge I think I faced and overcame was the fact that I am surrounded by a plethora of students that are very smart and talented. I felt a lot of confidence in my undergraduate studies, and to be put into an institution with other extraordinary students from all over the country, it shook my confidence a little bit. My classmates are driven, intelligent, and passionate, and I had to realize on my own that I deserve to be here too.
Why do you like about being a KSUCPM Student?
Everything! I like the academic tutoring services that are available and the tutors that are so personable and are willing to help us first years in any way possible. I like the food in the cafeteria, especially the eggplant parmesan. I like the organizations and all the students, staff and professors.
What advice would you offer to any prospective students wishing to attend KSUCPM who are in the current application process?
You have already completed most of the hard work which is making it to graduating from your undergraduate students and applying to medical school. Be patient and make the best out of every situation. Never give up on your goals and dreams. Try to be yourself during your interview, and remember those of have helped you along the way to help to get you to where you are today.
What is your favorite thing about Cleveland?
There are so many fun things to do here in Cleveland! I enjoy the West Side Market Downtown, where I can buy all my fresh vegetables, meats and seafood! I enjoyed going to see the Cleveland Cavaliers play. But I would have to say my favorite thing about Cleveland is going fishing and hiking at the Cleveland Metro parks !