Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in California but grew up here in Colorado! I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry and Psychology from the University of Denver. I have wanted to be a physician since I was a kid, but my road to medicine took a few minor turns. Before attending the MSBS program, I worked as a clinical research assistant in two different neuroscience labs. One focusing on how stress impacts brain development in children and adolescences, and the other studying how patients regulate stress and their emotions. Afterwards, I spent some time working as a clinical scribe in various emergency departments across the Denver Metro area.
What initially brought you to RVU? Why did you decide to pursue this degree?
My mentor recommended RVU to me! She was one of the physicians I assisted during my time working in the ER. She witnessed my struggles of getting into medical school, and thought it could benefit me. Because I had been out of school for several years, I decided to pursue this degree knowing that it would give me the skills and study habits needed to be successful in med school. After looking into the masters program at RVU, talking with former MSBS students, and attending a couple of their online information sessions, I decided to take my mentor's advice and apply to the program.
What do you enjoy doing when not at RVU (family life, interests and hobbies)?
In my spare time, I enjoy the going to live concerts, painting, watching movies, and being outdoors. I love traveling around the world (Japan, Peru, Nicaragua, Ghana, etc.), learning new languages, and spending time with family and friends.
What is an interesting or little known fact about you?
A little known fact about me is that I am a first generation American! My parents immigrated to the United States in the late 80s. I still have extended family members living all over the world!
What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a professor or student while at RVU?
Don't be afraid to change things up when it comes to how you study! What works for you in one course may not be ideal in another. Be open to trying new methods to integrate your learning. Also, be sure to take time for yourself whether that be your favorite self-care regimen, maintaining your hobbies, and getting a decent amount of sleep. Just like Dr. Robert says before every exam, "sleeping is preparing." And most importantly, give yourself grace. Don't compare yourself to your classmates and have confidence in your abilities because you do know more than you think come exam day!
What are your medical interests?
I have many medical interests! Some of them include pediatrics, emergency medicine, global medicine, gastroenterology, and psychiatry.
What is a favorite memory you have from being in RVU?
My favorite memories during my time in the MSBS program includes the white coat ceremony, my first standardized patient encounter, and forming close friendships with my classmates.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
The MSBS program here at RVU lays the foundation that you will need to get through medical school. This program is very challenging but it will grow you in so many ways. Word hard and be sure to utilize the resources that are available to you. And don't hesitate to ask for help when you need it!!! The faculty here are wonderful and they want you to succeed in whatever career path you choose. Furthermore, use this time to figure out how to balance life both in and out of the classroom. Getting into a routine now will make transitioning into medical school so much smoother.
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