Pre-med and a whole lot more.
I knew that I wanted to become a medical doctor since I was in elementary school. But as I was applying for college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to major in. I definitely did not want to limit myself to a science major. I wanted opportunities to spread my wings and explore all the possibilities. I chose Grinnell because I would be able to receive a well-rounded education at a four-year liberal arts institution.
Born and raised in Hawaii, coming to Grinnell was a huge transition. I knew I was going to miss the warmth of the Hawaiian sun but at the same time, I was excited for what Grinnell had in store for me.
With courses in all three disciplines—humanities, science, and social studies—I discovered I am an avid third year biology major.
I gained my first work experience working for the Phonathon as a Student Development Representative. I have to say, it has been the most rewarding experience. Working at Phonathon has given me a greater appreciation for how important the Pioneer Fund is.
I have had numerous opportunities to participate in student activities and become involved. I was in the Grinnell Science Project my first year, I served as a Student Advisor my second year, and this year I am a biology mentor and I also sing in the Young Gifted and Black Gospel Choir. Last spring break, I participated in the Alternative Break program, where we volunteered in St. Louis, spring break of 2010, I will be volunteering in another Alternative Break program to Taos, New Mexico.