I joined PSHP during my second year at UCLA after hearing about the organization through the youth empowerment program. I entered PSHP because I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. However, I had no idea as to what was necessary to get there. Ever since joining the program, I’ve had the opportunity to learn and partake in many educational experiences, such as research with Dr. Hotez and my internship at the MLK Outpatient Lactation Clinic with Dr. Gragnani. Aside from academics, I also enjoy teaching karate classes at my local youth center and collaborating with my peers in UCLA’s HAND in the development of a patent device to help Alzheimer patients with essential tremors. I currently look forward to beginning my time as a volunteer in UCLA FitNut, where I will be giving nutritional presentations to elementary school students. My recommendation to incoming students is to be open minded and remember to prioritize their mental health! Entering UCLA, I was very narrow minded and thought it was necessary to dedicate 100% of my time to studying in order to succeed. School can be stressful, and sometimes we have to remember that there’s more to life than just academics.