I am from Albany, Oregon. I went to Grinnell College and Portland State for my undergraduate education. The experience that I cherish most was that I did Peace Corps for two years in a small agricultural mountain community in Peru. During these two years, I lived with a Peruvian host family and I formulated health-related-projects as a specialist in youth development. I also was fortunate enough to do a 12-week backpacking trip through Southeast Asia and do a medical mission trip with my father, who is an optometrist, and mother, in the mountainous region of Guatemala.
At COMP NW I worked as a Global Health Track member, a tutor, past co-president of the Medical Spanish club. I have done research on Neuroprogenitor cells in the medical school lab and I have done research with an ophthalmologist involving dynamic visual acuity using sports vision training. I want to do medical trips abroad doing cataract surgeries when I become an ophthalmologist. Some of my passions in life include global health, community service, traveling, marathon running, Latin dance, reading novels, Ultimate Frisbee, learning foreign languages, watching sports, and chiefly, ophthalmology.