Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
Specialization: Health Promotion, pre-PA
Why did you come to URI?
I came to URI because I wanted a different environment than what I grew up with. I also loved URI’s campus and the extracurriculars they had. It was honestly a very spontaneous decision, but I don’t have any regrets.
What surprised you most about URI?
I was surprised by how inclusive and kind the student body is. I noticed it right away at orientation, and I keep noticing it throughout my leadership minor and the clubs I am involved in. It’s one of the things I love most about the school.
Why did you major in health studies?
I majored in health studies because it was a nice balance between STEM courses, public health courses and behavioral health courses. I liked that I got to explore everything related to health. I believe it will make me a more well-rounded healthcare provider in the future.
What advice do you have for Health Studies majors?
I would tell Health Studies majors to take advantage of the amazing faculty members and their knowledge. I have had so many professors in this major who have worked in public health or medical settings and they have so many real-life experiences to offer. Don’t be afraid to talk to them after class or go to their office because they’re all exceptional!
What’s next for you?
For the next year, I will continue to work as a nursing assistant at a skilled nursing facility in Wakefield. I’m also currently in the process of applying to PA programs in the Northeast, in hopes to become a pediatric physician assistant.