I graduated from Washington State University in 1993 with a B.A. in English. My initial plan was to get a Ph.D. and teach literature. After graduating, I decided to take a break from school and went to work as an English language instructor in South Korea and Japan. Two years later, when I returned to the U.S., my interest shifted to medicine, and I enrolled as a post baccalaureate pre-med at CSUF, taking only the requisite biology, chemistry, physics, and math courses. During my time at Fullerton, I also managed to be a clinical research volunteer at UCI Cancer Center, as well as become a certified EMT-1. Working as an EMT not only gave me some valuable clinical experience, but it later helped immeasurably in my application and interviews. I was eventually accepted at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (my first choice) for the Fall 2004 entering class. I am also very fortunate in that we will have brand new educational and research facilities by summer 2005. When I graduate, I will likely specialize in neurology or psychiatry.