I was born in South Carolina but grew up in New Orleans (5th generation). I returned to South Carolina for college where I majored in Psychology. After college I went to work for what is now Bank of America as an Assistant Branch Manager and Loan officer. After about a year, I felt as if I was not doing anything to make the world a better place. So I decided I would take some time off, travel to Europe by myself and figure out what was most important to me - working with disadvantaged populations and exploring the world.
While in Italy, I met a couple who had just returned from the Peace Corps...it sounded like a great experience and exactly what I was looking for! A year and a half later I sold most of my belongings, joined the Peace Corps and moved to "the middle of no where" Paraguay, South America. It was DEFINITELY the "toughest job you'll ever love". My 2.5 years in Paraguay were amazing and life changing.
I lived on a dirt road and had no running water. The closest health clinic was 2 hours away and the main hospital over 7 hours by bus. It was there that I decided to become a doctor so that I could return to Paraguay and other developing countries and work as a physician.
I did my post-bac pre-med studies at UW in Seattle and Medical School at LSU. My main interest is in international health.
Baltimore is a great place for residency...there is tons of pathology...and compared to other North Eastern cities it much more managable for Residents....there are so many great things to do in the area...over the past year I have gone to NYC, Philly, Charlottesville, Easternshore, mountains of NC, VA and MD and of course DC ( I have family and friends there and go all the time!).