One Halloween day when I was around six years old, I decided to go door-to-door in my town of Queensbury, New York, dressed as a doctor. I did this because it was what I wanted to be when I was young. Naturally I went through many different ideas of what I wanted to become, but I came back to healthcare after being diagnosed with a rare brain mass. I decided I wanted to be a physician assistant after seeing how much they interacted with patients, including myself. I searched for schools with a health science program and fell in love with Ithaca College after visiting the area. After graduation, I intend to enroll in a physician assistant program.
Working as a resident aide at Longview has given me many memorable healthcare experiences. I have gotten the chance to speak with many people at the last stage of their life and help them to feel cared for and comfortable. Several persons passed away over the course of the year and a half I worked there, but I got to see their perspectives on life and death. I formed connections with them and I would not trade that experience for the world.
- Dean’s List
- Emerson Internship Award
- Laurence S. Hill and Adrian M. Newens Scholarship
- Internship at Longview, an Ithacare Community
- Atlantis Project Fellowship
- Month of clinical shadowing in Budapest, Hungary
- James J. Whalen Academic Symposium Finalist
- Worked with children through the Ithaca Youth Bureau