What do you do?
I am part of the healthcare team in a hospital. I discover the presence or absence of disease and provide data that help physicians determine the best treatment for the patient.
Why did you choose this field?
I was interested from science from the get-go (my parents gave me science encyclopedia in first grade, and I was over the moon!). My mom, also a CLS,encouraged me to pursue clinical lab because of my desire to help others and love of science.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Balancing having a career that you love being a mother. It IS possible to have it all if you have: faith in yourself, an understanding work environment, and a solid support system.
Why do you love working in STEM?
STEM has so many fields that are dynamic, challenging, and rewarding. CLSs are now being recognized as indispensable members of the healthcare team because of the recent pandemic. We are all motivated despite the dangers of being front liners because of our desire to help those in need.
Best advice for next generation?
Success and failure are intertwined, so don't be afraid of failure. How else do we gain the strength to continue or gain wisdom from previous mistakes? Also, lift and amplify voices from fellow girls in STEM who are different than you. Together, we can shatter that glass ceiling!
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Do or do not. There is no try.” -Master Yoda