What did you gain in TSA?
I was very involved in our school's Chapter Team and participated in competitions every year. Our team even won second place in the national competition my senior year! As an introvert, being in Chapter Team gave me confidence in public speaking, which is something that would carry with me throughout my medical training and career. Being involved in TSA is also where I learned technical skills in Microsoft® applications and graphic design that I use on a daily basis to promote my business. I did not appreciate it back then, but now I realize how little exposure young women typically get in STEM fields, which was something I never knew until living elsewhere. Even at a young age, I developed a curiosity to explore new technologies which have translated into my daily practice in facial reconstruction.
What advice do you have for current TSA members?
Use this time in your life to learn as much as you can about as many different things as you can. Technology provides a medium to be creative and go places unimaginable. No matter what you end up doing later in life, you will be able to use the skills you develop in TSA. At the very least, you will get to travel to places you have never been, and meet the most amazing people. Traveling to one of our TSA national competitions was actually how I was able to fly for the first time!