"I was in between law and medicine and was leaning toward law school. My mother sat me down one day and said, ‘you have to go to medical school, you have to do this.’ And I was like, ‘you can’t tell me how to live my life,’ but she’s my mother so I ended up going to medical school. Up until last year I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it. When we were learning the fundamentals of everything I was like oh my goodness I really really love this and then we had patient encounters I was like this is amazing and then saw my first surgery and I was in love with this. I really really like working with my hands. Finding new things out about the body and refining surgical procedures and constantly having to retrain my hands sounds really exciting to me. Every time I dissect I think it’s ridiculous that these structures actually exist inside me and give me the ability to speak or to see. It’s such a humbling experience to look into a human body and see what’s inside you to see the fibers of what you’re made of. In the years ahead I don’t want to forget how amazed I am about everything I’m around today. I don’t want to be bogged down by the slump of residency and being an attending that everyone says will happen. I also don’t want to forget to be confident and also not lose the thoughtful tentativeness I approach everything with. I don’t want to forget that at one point I was a student and before that I wasn’t a student. I don’t want to forget that the flesh and blood inside me is the same flesh and blood I’m seeing on the operating table in front of me. Most of all I want to make sure I’m genuinely enjoying what I’m doing. I’m very very very happy I chose this path."