Since I was a little girl, I have loved spending time with my dad. He fostered in me a genuine desire for animal welfare. My dad, my sister and I used to feed and take care of injured stray cats. He also taught me to be passionate about animals and steadfast in my determination to become a veterinarian.
When I was in my senior year of college, he encouraged me to apply to a pre-veterinary summer program for minority undergrad students at the University of California School of Vet Medicine. This program was very competitive and I was not sure if I should apply or not. But, I remembered he pushed to work harder and told me, “You have the strength and the passion to achieve all your goals no matter what.” I never forget those words that kept me strong during the application process. The day I got my acceptance letter was one of the happiest days of my life.
My dad has always been there for me and believes in me more than I do… He has been one of the biggest motivations in my vet school journey; all his discipline, unconditional support, and patience had a great impact on who I have become today. I aspire to become a role model because of him. I want to help low-income youth that might be interested in veterinary medicine by serving as a guest speaker in high schools located in disadvantaged areas and talk about opportunities in veterinary medicine, vet school requirements and more.
I know I can make an impact in the future of youth generations and I will do my best to become a great role model as my dad was to me.