What do you do?
As a PhD student, I am in training to be a scientist. Specifically, under the guidance of my advisor, I study how and why hearts malfunction in people suffering from atrial fibrillation.
Why did you choose this field?
I've always had an inquisitive mind, so research was an obvious fit. However, the field of research wasn't always so apparent. My father always told me growing up that I should go into biomedical engineering but I didn't realize it for myself until several years after I completed my undergraduate studies. I wish I could say there was one defining moment, but in fact there many small events along the way that finally lead me to this field. And I don't think I could have appreciated it then as I do now.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Though I lacked a lot of confidence growing up, I was incredibly fortunate to have a father who always encouraged me to do the things I didn't think I could do. I faced every new challenge with fear, but I had tremendous support from him. I think this has given me the courage to go after anything I wanted. Knowing that he had unwavering faith in me helped silence the doubt I felt.
Why do you love working in STEM?
Oh wow well, just being at the root of something new, the feeling of discovery is unmatched! Answering previously unanswered questions, and then with this new knowledge asking questions that we could have never fathomed before is what excites me about working in STEM.
Best advice for next generation?
I think above all, don't accept NO in any of its forms. Try it for yourself and see.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
"Maybe it won't work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever." -Unknown