What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is to constantly have new experiences. It’s hard to be mad on vacation, even when things are bad. I plan on traveling a lot in the future, because I have almost always had positive experiences while going on any vacation.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is regret. I don’t want to look back and think I could have done more in something. For that reason, I put effort in everything I do, whether it’s a sport, job or class.
What trait do you like least about yourself?
I used to not like my skin, but it’s been much better since I changed my medication. My struggle with my skin has motivated me to pursue becoming a dermatologist in the future. I am also considering being an ER physician, because I currently work in an ER and I like the environment.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Probably Abraham Lincoln, because he’s tall and has a beard.
Who is someone you’ve met at Indiana State you’ll remember the rest of your life?
Dr. Richard Kjunaas was my organic chemistry professor, which is a class any pre-med student is required to take. While shadowing physicians here in Terre Haute, I was asked if I had taken his class, which was amazing to me how many people had taken his class. When I went to North High School, I remember hearing that organic chemistry was the “weed-out” course, but honestly that was one of my favorite classes of undergrad.
Which talent would you most like to have?
It would be nice to have more time to practice an instrument like the harmonica.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement was studying abroad to Granada, Spain, in the spring of my junior year. My Spanish-speaking skills improved greatly, and I also got to travel to 11 countries; it was a six-month vacation (with classes of course).
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I would come back as a coconut tree, swaying in the wind on the beach, absorbing sunlight and growing my coconuts.
What do people notice first about you?
I asked this question to some of my friends for confirmation, and they said the first thing they noticed is my beard. If I were to shave it, then maybe the first thing they would notice is I always have energy and am ready for the next thing.
What does BLUE mean to you?
ISU has not only helped me to make progress to my future career but also given me a great four-year experience. I plan on practicing in a rural community as a physician, maybe even here in Terre Haute. With ISU, I was able to study abroad and spend a semester in Spain. ISU is my hometown college; I went to preschool here, and next fall I will start medical school here. I will always remember ISU in a positive light.