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Tayla Chiang

First-Generation College Student, Pre-Med

I fell in love with medicine at a young age. I’ve always had the desire to help people. In high school, I started looking for ways to get involved, like volunteering at Primary Children’s Hospital. One summer, I emailed a bunch of professors at the U and asked, “Can I do research in your lab?” Someone got back to me and said yes. 

Then I found the PathMaker Scholars program at Huntsman Cancer Institute, where you get to live on campus, work in a research lab, and shadow doctors. I loved seeing how they made patients feel safe at a time when they’re so vulnerable. 

The mentors I met were so supportive and made me believe I could pursue medicine. I knew I wanted to come to the U, but I couldn’t really afford to go to college if I didn’t get a scholarship. One of my mentors told me to apply for the Larry H. and Gail Miller Enrichment Scholarship, which covers tuition, housing, books, and fees. When I heard I received it, it felt like a dream. The scholarship has allowed me to focus on school instead of worrying about the cost of tuition. I’m able to get involved on campus and explore college life. 

I’m really proud of being a first-generation college student. I love that I’m different compared to other people, because that’s what makes me, me. When I become a doctor, I really want to teach students and people of color. I would love to help the younger generation believe they can pursue medicine. I want to be that person who inspires other people.

Helping others believe they can pursue medicine inspires Chiang. Share what inspires you at love.utah.edu.


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  1. You’re an inspiration to me! Your future will certainly change lives. Never give up on your dreams!

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