What made you choose Georgetown University for your M.S. degree?
As a DMV-area local, I’ve always known Georgetown to have a prestigious reputation, so it was a natural choice to come back home and start my graduate studies here. I also really appreciate the Jesuit values that surround me on campus and remind me of the greater purpose of my education.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I hope to frame and hang it on my wall…. in all seriousness, I still haven’t decided what path I’ll take after graduation. I’m interested in working in a setting where I see the direct effects of my efforts on improving healthcare or health outcomes. That could be in a research-intensive position, one in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company, or one in a more clinical setting with direct patient contact. Either way, I’m hoping to delve deeper into the field I choose by pursuing further graduate work.
What sparked your interest in the biomedical field?
My interest in the biomedical field is based primarily in the joy of discovering how the human body works (and what happens when it malfunctions). The principles of this field are universal not only to humanity, but to non-biological processes as well. It’s a way to focus on one part of how the world works more generally.
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue?
Hot spring tourism - I’d get to combine travel and a natural spa every time I take a trip.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
One of my advisors always reminded me that “the perfect is the enemy of the good,” paraphrased from Voltaire. It’s a lesson that has taken me a long time to learn and at times it still falls by the wayside. Regardless, this reminder has taught me how to let go of the non-essential things that need not be perfect, allowing me to focus my limited time and energy resources on creating good work instead of obsessing over unimportant perfectionistic details.