I was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. When I was 4 years old, my mother, my brother, and myself moved to Texas after my mother accepted a job as a nurse following her graduation from nursing school. Early on in life, my mother instilled in me the importance of working hard and taking pride in everything that I did; whether that was in academics, sports, my behavior, etcetera. These values were not taught to me by strictly verbal accounts. These values were primarily learned from observing my mother working two full-time nursing jobs, raising my brother and myself in a state and a country that she was unfamiliar with, and giving her absolute best effort everyday and never once complaining about it. I have used these lessons and values in every aspect of my life; most specifically, my education and my extracurricular activities. These values gave me the ability to excel not only academically but, also, athletically; which eventually allowed me the privilege to attend university under an athletic/academic scholarship at Eastern New Mexico University. During my time there, I majored in Pre- medicine with an emphasis of biology and chemistry. My goal, initially, was to obtain my bachelor's degree in medicine, get into medical school, and become an orthopedic surgeon. Although I was excelling academically, I was plagued with multiple surgery requiring injuries on the athletic side of my journey. This prompted me to retire as an athlete and focus primarily on my education. In making this decision, my scholarship was lost and financially it made more sense to finish out my last semester at my hometown university Midwestern State University. Unfortunately, and unbeknownst to me, in doing this, the majority of my credited courses did not transfer with me and I was required to retake these courses. After attending the school for a short time, I decided it was best for me to enter the workforce and reassess my goals with plans to return to school to finish my degree when the time best presents itself to me again.
In high school, I was an All-State athlete in football, soccer, and track. I was voted as a varsity team captain for both my football and soccer teams for multiple years. I graduated high school in 2007 in the top 10 percent of my class. I played football at Eastern New Mexico University where I also received the most votes from my peers to represent the team as a team captain. I was also awarded All-Conference Honors during my career there. After football, I pursued the opportunity to work and gain experience in the medical field. During the time that I have spent as an anesthesia technician, I have been fortunate to receive training at hospitals like UT Southwestern and Parkland; where I had the privilege to gain a wide-range of job experience.
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