: North Babylon, New York
Undergraduate College: The University of Texas at El Paso
Current year at KSUCPM: 1st Year
What is your favorite class at KSUCPM and why?
Anatomy is easily my favorite class because KSUCPM provides one of the finest labs to enhance
our study of the subject. The state of the art design of the lab allows one of the best experiences
to get a real hands on perspective of the human body and to visualize anatomical structures first
hand. The class is nicely supported with guidance from upperclassmen, tutoring, and excellent
demonstrations of the dissections along with special dissections to get extraordinary views.
How do you strike a balance between class work, studying, and social activities? Any suggestions for prospective students on building/maintaining a balance?
Maintaining a balance between classes, studying, and personal life is vital to a successful
medical student. I think being well rounded is much more important than neglecting an area like
personal health or relationships. I make sure to take breaks while studying, perform routine
fitness, eat healthy meals, get enough sleep, and keep in touch with family. I accomplish this
necessary balance by setting goals and structuring a schedule that will budget my time
appropriately. This approach can really help people struggling to find equilibrium.
What are some activities you are involved in at KSUCPM?
KSUCPM having a relatively larger student body offers a nice array of student organizations
making it convenient to get involved and find similar minded individuals. I make sure to
participate, whenever possible, in clubs and activities that offer volunteering, workshops aiding in
skills like suturing or taping, shadowing opportunities, and lectures that will enhance my
knowledge base in the field of podiatry.
What advice do you have for anyone considering podiatry school?
Choosing to be in the field of medicine is the first big step and having clarity regarding personal
reasons for the choice will make it worthwhile and lasting. It's important to shadow different
physicians/specialists of interest such as primary care, emergency medicine, pulmonologists and
so on to get a good idea of what exactly each does to determine whether or not Podiatric
medicine is actually right for them. I personally have no regrets, only a growing passion to be a
part of such an outstanding profession.
What do you enjoy most about KSUCPM?
I enjoy the community and people. T he unity of faculty, staff, and students makes for an easy
going and friendly environment which is nice to have when dealing with the stressors of class
and the workload associated.
How did you hear about KSUCPM?
While applying to medical schools, KSUCPM actually reached out to me with an e-mail and
caught my interest.
Why did you choose to attend KSUCPM?
I chose to attend KSUCPM because I felt like it was the overall best fit for me. I know each
podiatry school I was accepted into provides a solid foundation for success and has its own set
of strengths and weaknesses but I believed KSUCPM would deliver the best educational
experience for me and I'm extremely grateful to be here.
As a first year student what are some of the challenges you faced (if any) while transitioning into medical school?
I never took 27 credit hours before and the volume of information can simply be overwhelming.
Managing my time became a priority like no other.
What advice would you offer to any prospective students wishing to attend KSUCPM and currently in the application process?
It's important that they are clear about what they're looking for from a medical school. Honing in
on those elements which they believe to be necessary for their success as a medical student will
help them ensure the best decision is made. Finally, this should be a personal decision because
the "one size fits all" philosophy does not apply when picking a school and career in podiatry.
What is your favorite thing about Cleveland?
I love the Metroparks that have been built and maintained here in Cleveland. They make it
possible to get away and enjoy nature with a casual walk, barbecue cookout, or even a bike ride.