On April 16th, 1988 I was born on the eastern most, and coincidentally most beautiful, island of the Caribbean – Barbados. And yes, that’s where Rihanna is from. No, I don’t know her. As a cruel joke, my parents decided to move to Michigan when I was four. After two years of discovering that snow was not as fun as it looked, we relocated to Maryland, New York City, and eventually Nashville, Tennessee, the last of which became my new home in the states.
The son of a chemistry teacher (Mom) and a pastor (Dad), I developed an early love for science, math, and reading. I am the oldest of two, and have a younger sister who I love very much despite the fact that she took most of the good genes. At a young age I knew I wanted to be a scientist, and potentially a doctor. It was during junior high that I became a certified ‘computer nerd.’ During my high school years at Hume-Fogg Academic High School (Go Blue Knights!) I was able to further indulge my love for computers and began to learn to code.
Being unfortunately less talented at singing and dancing than better known Bajans, I went on to college at Oakwood University in Hunstville, Alabama where I studied Computer Science and took pre-med courses. During my collegiate career and after graduation in 2010, I spent some time as an intern at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. In 2011 I worked at Northrop Grumman as a software engineer before deciding to trade my economic freedom away for 4 years of student loans and non-stop testing.
I attended Meharry Medical College from 2011 to 2015. I had a great time at MMC, and learned as much from my brilliant classmates as I did from any book or professor. At Meharry I was able to serve as a student leader, an opportunity I credit with a great deal of my personal growth during the past four years.
I love sports of all kinds. I have a decent three point shot and a solid forehand. I still love to play video games on occasion, and I enjoy building websites and computers. I recently delved into app development, and hope to see my first app in the apple store before residency starts.
As for my future… Who knows? As I write this on the eve of my move to Chicago, I am ecstatic to be joining the University of Chicago’s Emergency Program. I am excited for the opportunity to live in such a vibrant city, where I can get great training. I am looking forward to the challenges residency will bring, and I am still looking for a way to take my future practice in field of Emergency Medicine to the next level via technological innovation.