What motivates you to do/pursue science and/or medicine?
It never fails to astound me how vast the field of science can be; to me, it is potential personified. Each new discovery has the chance to be the next stepping stone in the story of human development, and having the opportunity to contribute to those advancements has always delighted me. I am also a firm believer that diversity in science, and the array of new viewpoints and ideas it brings, is the needed key to reach an even higher level of understanding.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
To me, Black History Month serves as not only a time to remember the sacrifices made by the courageous people who came before us to ensure a brighter future for their descendants, but also a time to celebrate the many achievements made by Black people. The ability to innovate, even when faced with severe persecution, serves as a constant reminder to remain adamant towards any goal I set for myself.
Anything else you would like to share?
There is an epidemic of imposter syndrome that, bolstered by messages and assumptions propelled by the media, often permeates the minds of young Black professionals. It is incredibly important to me that every student who walks out the doors of the Eberly College of Science knows that they are just as intelligent and capable as any other, and every achievement and position you obtain is one you've earned!