When I started at Meharry Medical College, I decided to dedicate my time at the first volunteer event they hosted: the Mt. Zion Back-to-School Event. We provided 38 free screenings and care to both children and adults. From this moment on, I was inspired to continue my journey in serving those less fortunate than myself.
Before dental school, I pursued a degree in Commercial Music from Belmont University. At eighteen, I was ecstatic to be moving to Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital. My dream of becoming a professional singer was closer than ever before. I hit the ground running in Nashville. I accepted an internship at a record label, auditioned for American Idol, and started writing my own music. However, I quickly discovered I was just as content to perform at church, as I was in front of huge audience. I made the hard decision to give up my childhood dream of being a professional singer. It is a decision I have never regretted and I am grateful for the lessons I learned in Nashville that apply to my dental school experience.