Why I changed my career (or educational objectives):
I had wrestled with the idea of becoming a doctor for six years. Although I love software, I discovered that I need to work in a field that allows me to serve and care for people directly. My experiences in medicine (described below) and time at USC helped me to establish a network of supportive mentors that assisted me in my pursuit of medicine. I discovered that my new career would integrated my interests in science, technology, and lifelong learning and teaching, and allow me to pursue my core motivation -- that is, to care for the indigent.
I chose USC because the school offered a challenging and extremely supportive environment with fantastic professors. USC was also very supportive in helping me address weaknesses in my educational background and assisted me in discovering new talents and interests that I had not explored previously.
Favorite Class/Professor at USC:
Over the course of a summer, I was afforded the opportunity to help teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to college-bound high school students along side Dr. William McClure at the South Central Scholars Summer Academy (hosted by USC). The experience showed me that I should strongly consider teaching as part of my work in the medical field.
Experiences with medicine
I volunteered for and was later hired by St. John's Well-Child and Family Centers to develop and manage health information technology (HIT) projects. Prior to my experiences at SJWC, I trained as an EMT, audited patient safety, and volunteered at the surgical recovery desk at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
When I'm not studying or volunteering
When I am not studying or volunteering, I am a father and devoted husband, an avid hiker, and enjoy bicycling.