What interested you in your degree program at Oregon Tech?
I have been interested in helping people all my life. I wanted a job that was fast pace and where I could help people so I settled on paramedic. I chose Oregon Tech because it was close to home and they are linked with OHSU.
What made the EMS expanded access scholarship a good opportunity for you?
I lost my job because of COVID and so getting this scholarship was extremely helpful. School is very important to me and this scholarship helped me continue with school.
Is there anything you would like to say about receiving this scholarship?
I grew up in a small town and being recognized is pretty awesome- it’s not something you think about really, especially coming from a small town. I struggled a lot in high school and I’m so happy that I’m able to go to school and pursue my dream career because not everyone has that luxury.
I think I can add a lot of diversity and experience to emergency medical services. I am part of the LGBTQIA+ group and believe being part of that group will make more patients comfortable when getting treated and transported. I also have a few mental illnesses, which gives me an advantage when working with patients who struggle with the same thing. I feel like I can be more empathetic with those patients than some of the other EMT's. I can understand it on a deeper level.