Tulane University School of Medicine student
Major: B.S. Chemistry, 2009
Hometown: Madison, Mississippi
Have you always wanted to be on the pre-medical track?
I came to Millsaps College as a pre-med student. The end of my sophomore year, my mother passed away, and I questioned my desire to become a doctor. Faced with the brevity of life, I wondered if I was making the right life decision in becoming a doctor. My advisor placed me in the Health Careers Development Program and other programs offered by the local hospitals. The programs required that I write mini-reflection essays about what I observed during my rotations. Through this and also my Ford Fellowship in organic chemistry with Dr. Kristina Stensaas, I realized that I have a passion for helping others.
How have you been inspired by your professors at Millsaps?
Never once during my time at Millsaps have I been told what to think, but I have been taught the process of thinking in all my classes, including the humanities and the sciences. My professors relentlessly encouraged me to develop a sense of self-confidence in my abilities, which is a quality that I would not be able to cultivate elsewhere to the same degree. I am inspired by their dedication to excellence in what they do, and I aspire to that same degree of excellence for myself.
As you reflect on your time at Millsaps, what are your fondest memories?
The best part of my experience at Millsaps has been my relationships with my professors. Though they have always held me to the highest academic standards, I have found the greatest comfort in their compassion toward the many hardships I have faced throughout my undergraduate career. My professors and the amazing friends that I have made at Millsaps have formed a support system that I could not dream of having at any other institution.
How has Millsaps prepared you for your future endeavors?
Millsaps has prepared me with critical thinking and reasoning skills gained from my science classes. I have also acquired a love for reading authors such as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and various other writers. These authors serve as some of my advisors and friends through life's travails. Millsaps has given me an invaluable and priceless way of approaching life.