The May 2017 #WhereMatters Ambassador Spotlight features Steven Ho, a pre-med major at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia (about an hour northwest of Atlanta). In his interview, Steven talks about the importance of keeping things fresh and always maintaining a positive attitude. Steven is an inspiration, with a great deal of energy, care and pride for his school, studies and future. Anyone would be fortunate to have Steven as their doctor someday!
Sarah: Where are you from? Where have you been? How has place played a role in shaping who you are?
Steven: I was born in California. I've lived in Georgia since I was 4 years old and in Kennesaw for about 9 years now. Kennesaw has shaped me as a person because I've met so many people on different paths in life.
Sarah: What is your favorite place and why?
Steven: My favorite place is actually the Kennesaw State University campus! There's always a new kind of fun event on campus and something to do. I'm constantly making friends in random places here! My all-time favorite place on campus is Starbucks. When the weather is perfect, I do my homework while listening to music at the outdoor tables.
Sarah: Why are you interested in a career in medicine? What inspired you to pursue this path and what motivates you to keep going?
Steven: As an Asian minority, I think it's important to have diversity in healthcare. I think every culture has its own experiences, and I expect that my own culture can allow me to understand someone else's. I'm interested in healthcare because I can interact with many different kinds of people. I think that people deserve the same quality of care no matter where they come from or what they believe in.
Sarah: Do you have any thoughts on where you'd like to go to medical school or practice medicine? How does location impact these decisions for you?
Steven: To be honest, I have no idea! Sometimes I think I'd love to live in a big city and work there, but I'm also a suburban person who likes to connect with nature every now and then. As long as it's somewhere there are fun things to do, I'm there!
Sarah: What kind of pre-med program does your school have? Do you feel that your school's pre-med program has prepared you for medical school?
Steven: KSU has a chapter of the American Medical Student Association for all of our pre-med students. As an officer, I've been given the privilege to interact in different settings. That experience has definitely given me a better idea of what I'd like to do.
Sarah: Why is (To) an important tool for aspiring physicians?
Steven: I think (To) is important for anyone looking to make a change. Students can become bored by their surroundings and by repetitive activities, and (To) gives them the option to look into other places where they can study but also grow in other ways—and be re-energized.
Sarah: Why did you decide to become a #WhereMatters Ambassador?
I decided to become an ambassador for (To) because I love to meet new people and try new experiences. If my experiences allow me to help someone else make a decision on where he or she would like to be in medical school, all the better!
Sarah: Do you have any advice for other aspiring physicians? Or advice for anyone making life decisions?
Steven: My "go to" life advice is: DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY! I understand what it's like being stuck in a loop where you aren't happy with what you're learning or what you're doing. It's important to try to change things up every now and then. Remember, you don't want a bland life. You have to spice it up!
Sarah: What is your favorite part of the (To) app?
Steven: I like the fact that the (To) app gives you an accurate idea of the attractions of each city. For example, (To)'s Atlanta information highlights the Belt Line, the High Museum, and the Fox Theatre—these are places I can personally vouch for!