Tell me about being a medical student at Brody School of Medicine.
I like the environment. The professors are extremely nice, and they are always willing to work with you. If you have any problems, you can go and talk to them about it and they will help you out. The students are also great, and everyone gets along really well. Brody is just an overall great place; I couldn’t think of a better place to be.
Is there something at ECU you wish everyone could experience?
One of the best things I’ve experienced here is going out and working in the community. I’ve worked in the Greenville Shelter Clinic and it’s been an amazing experience. I’ve got to help people who are less fortunate, and I’ve been able to do what I can for the community. It’s been a blast, and I wish everyone could experience it.
Do you plan to stay in North Carolina after graduation?
I went to college at the Naval Academy in Maryland. When I graduated, I was commissioned into the Navy as a naval officer. I was sent over to Japan, and while I was there, I did a couple of tours and helped out with humanitarian efforts. I also participated in multiple exercises and training to help with the war on terror. Once I graduate medical school and do my residency, I owe four years of service as a military doctor. I am not required to go to a military residency, but more than likely that’s where I will end up. So I will go to a military hospital maybe in Bethesda, Maryland, San Diego, or Hawaii—wherever they have the residency program I am looking for.
Where is your favorite place in the world that you have visited?
Singapore is an amazing place. It is absolutely beautiful. It is also very cool because you get a merging of many different cultures, like Indian, Indonesian, and Malaysian. All of these cultures are mixed together and you are able to see everything all at once. I really enjoyed my time there.
When you graduate, what will you miss most about ECU?
The people. I know once I leave here, I am not going to be part of a community such as this. When I leave, I will be going somewhere more isolated. Of course, I can communicate with my friends via the Internet, but seeing them face-to-face will be more difficult.