In May 2012, I completed a B.A. degree in Medical Humanities, with a minor in Chemistry. I was awarded the Medical Humanities' Debakey Academic Award in 2010-11, the IAPD Foundation's Achievement Scholarship in 2009-10 and 2011-12, the Delta Delta Delta Academic Award in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and from 2008-12: the H. Clay Watson Academic Scholarship, the Cox Coker Academic Scholarship, and the President's Gold Academic Scholarship.
During my tenure at Baylor, I served on the American Medical Student Association Service Committee from 2008 until graduation. In the same year, I was founder and continued as Coordinator of the Baylor Premedical Student Volunteers at Providence Hospital, in Waco in the Pediatric Ward and Emergency Room. Since 2010, I was co-president of the Student Health Advisory Committee. I am a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
I am matriculating to National University of Health Sciences in the fall of 2012 and I plan to attain a double doctorate in naturopathic and chiropractic medicine, to pursue a career as a holistic physician. I believe in advancing the cause of wellness and health for patients. I was taught to look at patients as an entire person, considering how they came to their current health condition and how best to help them achieve wellness in a holistic manner. It is more than seeing the sick patient in an exam room and writing a prescription. For me, medicine is about maintaining a healthful and balanced lifestyle.
I choose to pursue the medical humanities major because of my passion for a deeper understanding of holistic medicine. Since our bodies are both physical and spiritual, I believe that healing requires more than physical restoration. Being a medical humanities major opened my eyes to the ethical, social, philosophical, and relational aspects behind being a doctor. I am grateful for the opportunity to become a well-rounded person and will always appreciate the humanitarian approach this major afforded me.