Student, Class of 2023
Corvallis, Oregon

Extracurricular Activities
Golf, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Weightlifting, Guitar, Volunteering, Biology Health Sciences Club, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre Med Honors Society, Cyanobacteria Research

A Little Bit About Me
At Oregon Tech, I am studying Biology-Health Sciences with the intent of going to medical school. Currently, I am undecided on what specialty I am interested in doing but Family Practice and Orthopedics are at the top of my list. I am also potentially interested in getting into military medicine. In addition to my academic pursuits, I am involved with the golf program, biology-health sciences club, the AED pre-med honors society, and research projects with Oregon Tech faculty. For research, I am involved with a microbiology-based project where we are trying to identify cyanobacteria in Klamath Lake. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, lifting weights, and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Why I Chose Oregon Tech and My Major
I chose Oregon Tech because I wanted to play college golf and major in Biology-Health Sciences. I want to become a physician and the Biology-Health Sciences program is the best one to prepare for that. At Oregon Tech, students can take on a demanding major such as Biology-Health Sciences and play a sport at the same time. Smaller class sizes allow students to work effectively with professors when missing classes for athletics.

My Influential Professors
My most influential professor at Oregon Tech is my Organic Chemistry Professor, Dr. Lund. Dr. Lund has been influential because he is incredibly knowledgeable in his field but at the same time is so relatable to his students. O-Chem is stereotypically one of the most difficult classes for Pre-Med students. This has not been the case with Dr. Lund because of his ability to teach us how to truly understand difficult things rather than just memorize them. Dr. Lund also has a youthful presence about him that translates into his teaching style which makes his lectures fun and entertaining to listen to.

My Greatest Learning Experience At Oregon Tech
Since starting at Oregon Tech, I feel that my greatest learning experience has been getting to know myself better. When I started college, it was my first time living away from my parents which brought along challenges. Not only was I forced to manage all of the day-to-day aspects of taking care of myself, but I was also more independent in managing my own mental well-being. This was a hurdle for me, but now when I feel down, I have learned to use things such as physical activity or rely on community to improve my mood.

My Plans After Graduation
After graduating from Oregon Tech, my goal is to go to medical school. Before applying to medical school, I plan to take a gap year and work a job that I can get with a CNA 2 certification. I am doing this because I believe having some healthcare working experience will be beneficial to me rather than going straight from undergrad into medical school. Also, it will give me time to work on other areas of my resume that I have had to neglect because of taking a rigorous course load and playing a college sport simultaneously.