Why I changed my career (or educational objectives):
I always loved art, especially drawing and painting. I began college as an art major, and I found that I enjoyed drawing anatomy and other biological processes. I soon became very interested in what I was drawing, and I became fascinated by the many different ways art and medicine are intertwined. I later picked up a major in psychology and studied the relationship between art, mental health, and cognitive processes. I changed my career to medicine because I want to understand how we can use art and creativity to generate novel treatment interventions, how art and the brain are related, and how art can help the healing process.
I wanted to attend a small postbacc program with a welcoming community. This process can be stressful, and it was important to me to be at a place that fostered support through faculty and friendships. I liked the structure of the program, and I appreciated that the program was not condensed into just one year, giving me some extra time to explore research and volunteer opportunities.
Favorite Class/Professor at USC:
There are many wonderful professors/classes at USC. Dr. Broyer for general chemistry was great. She was extremely helpful during office hours and explained concepts very clearly. Dr. Bickers was also fantastic for physics, and you can tell he genuinely cares about his students.
Experiences with medicine
Before USC, I conducted research in a few different psychology labs, eventually publishing a paper on creativity and cognitive mechanisms. I also shadowed a psychiatrist. While at USC, I volunteered in the Emergency Department at LA County, worked in an OCD clinic, and traveled to Panama as part of USC’s Global Medical Training program.
When I'm not studying or volunteering
In my free time, I like drawing, painting, crafting, hiking, trying new restaurants, road tripping, and exploring.