I am freshman at Grand View University majoring in Biology/Pre-Med and minoring in Chemistry, Psychology, Spanish, and LOGOS. On campus, I am involved in choir, theater, and Campus Ministry. I moved to Des Moines from Independence, IA, for college, but previously have moved seven times and lived in four other states. Some of my favorite pastimes include volunteering, anything involving music, reading, spending time with my family, and watching Netflix. I have been playing piano since second grade, I enjoy singing, and while in high school, I was involved in concert, jazz, marching, and pep bands. Faith is an important part of my life. It’s important to fully rely on and put my trust in God. He is always there for me.
Throughout my life, I have struggled with many different health problems. In January of 2015, I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. In April of 2015, I underwent a posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation to correct my spine. That means I now have two rods and 15 screws in my back. In April of 2018, I found out I had gallstones. I had an emergency surgery to remove my gallbladder. Following that surgery, I continued to have stomach pain, resulting in an exploratory surgery in January of 2019. My brother also has dealt with Juvenile Arthritis and an autoimmune disease since he was three years old.
Because of my different medical experiences, and those of my brother, my career goal is to become a surgeon. Grand View is the first step in the long road of education I have ahead of me. After Grand View, my hope is to go to medical school. I am very passionate about helping other people in any way that I can. As a doctor, I will be able to help others every day. Because of my medical history, I feel like I’ll be able to help patients in a very personal way. Not only will I be able to help them physically, I will be able to empathize with my patients and help them deal with what is going on. I will be able to understand their fear, their nerves, and their anxieties.
I strive to do my best all the time, no matter what I am doing. If I’m in class, at work, or helping others, I give it my all. Although I am sometimes considered a perfectionist, I think my work ethic and determination will help me accomplish great things and make a difference in this world.