Alma Mater: The University of Texas at Austin
Who is your patron saint, and why?:
St. Michael the Archangel is my patron (and confirmation) saint. I have had a very close relationship with St. Michael for as long as I can remember. I was taught to say his prayer from an early age and wore a St. Michael medal along with my crucifix since I have had one. He has always been a source of strength for me in times of need and I love what he stands for as an advocate and a protector of the people of God. I feel as though I can relate this fact to my future profession as a medical doctor as well and that fact strengthens my bond with St. Michael.
What makes your experience as a Catholic Medical Student unique?
For me, the two (Catholicism and medicine) are vastly intertwined and I feel as though my Catholic faith is what brought me to medicine. Medicine is founded on qualities like vigor, care, and charity that are central to the Catholic faith as well. Many people get into the medical profession to help people and I am no different. However, my drive to help people is rooted in my Catholic faith and that makes my experience unique.
More about me:
I enjoy being physically active. This includes weight lifting, running, or simply being outdoors. Anything that gets me out of the house helps my mood.