Preferred pronouns: she/her
Where are you from?: Mooresville, NC
Where/what did you study in undergrad?: Genetics at North Carolina State University
What drew you to the genetic counseling field?: I have always had a passion for science, helping others, and education and genetic counseling was the perfect blend that allowed me to not pick one of my passions but all of them.
Why did you choose Wake?: There were a lot of factors that went into my decision to pursue Wake Forest University. I initially chose Wake because the coursework for the program was enticing to me including the two different capstone project paths. Winston-Salem is only an hour away from my two major support systems. I am also NC born and raised so Wake just felt like the perfect place for me to further my education and to solidify my roots in my favorite state. After my interview I knew I would fit right in the program and with the program/course directors.
Now that you’re here, what is your favorite thing about Wake Forest’s program?: Our cohort gels together nicely which is a really big perk for me. We all have somewhat different backgrounds and I think it helps with supporting each other. The classes are relevant, applicable, and engaging. All the instructors whether they’re GCs, PhDs, MDs, or guest lecturers provide a space that encourages discussion and education.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Winston Salem area?: I love trying all the different baked goods from Lavender and Honey.
What are your future hopes and aspirations as a genetic counselor?: I hope to be the person that people remember as the genetic counselor who was there to support them in a time where they may have been scared and overwhelmed.
What, or who, inspires you?: I resonate a lot with my dog, a 13-year-old yorkie, who just wants to be surrounded by her favorite people and eat pizza.
If you could offer a word of advice to prospective students, what would it be?: You can only attend one program, so don't sweat it if you are interviewing with only one program! I only interviewed with Wake and now I'm studying my dream profession at my dream program.
Ask a Student
Class of 2023
If you're thinking about applying for the genetic counseling MS program at Wake Forest some of our current students are happy to connect and help answer your questions.
Atticus Halpern - email@example.com
Things to ask me about: Moving from a big city to Winston Salem, taking a lot of gap years to work, relocating to a different state with your Significant Other, applying to school as an older student
Bri Murphy - firstname.lastname@example.org
Things to ask me about: Being an LGBTQ+ student, mental health/imposter syndrome, being a Graduate Assistant, living downtown in Winston-Salem, anything at all related to our program
Hannah Krammes - email@example.com
Things to ask me about: Applying to and attending school as a low-income student, student loans, moving 8 hours away for school, multiple gap years, being a Graduate Assistant, finding housing suited to big dogs/”aggressive” breeds, hiking/outdoors recreation in the area, anything at all about the field of genetic counseling and/or Wake Forest’s program
Macy Calvasina - firstname.lastname@example.org
Things to ask me about: Moving to Winston-Salem by myself, long-distance relationship, being in a new program, living downtown in Winston
Madison Young - email@example.com
Things to ask me about: Out-of-state questions, getting advocacy experience, College Mentors for Kids, best hiking and food spots in Winston
Tiera Mack - firstname.lastname@example.org
Things to ask me about: Diversity/Culture/Religion, being a non-traditional student, taking gap years between undergrad and grad school, commuting to Winston-Salem, research, graduate assistant position, city girl moving to Winston-Salem, coffee spots in Winston Salem
Victoria Bartlett - email@example.com
Things to ask me about: The impact of having a close family member with cancer, living alone in a new city, the community outreach capstone project
Zerin Islam - firstname.lastname@example.org
Things to ask me about: Being a diverse applicant & student, gap years/post-bacc programs & being non-traditional, attending school with a seemingly unrelated & non-science major, raising pets during grad school, anything about Winston-Salem or North Carolina, anything at all about life in general or the program