When asked what his ideal superpower would be, Malu said, “teleporting - because I could be able to sleep in and be on time.” But the true question is when does Malu sleep?! Not only is he pursuing an MBA, but Malu is also applying to medical school, working at Swedish Medical Center and volunteering at a local elementary school. Malu’s true superpower: ambition.
Although he may not be the loudest person in the class, Malu is one of the most eloquent and hardworking. After studying cellular molecular biology at Seattle University, Malu chose to join the Bridge program to build a diverse and strong resume for medical school. Ultimately, Malu hopes to combine both his medical and business skills to help patients.
According to Malu, “Often times doctors have tunnel vision and think what is best for patients only in terms of medicine, but I think it is important to consider the business side of medicine too. Treating patients while realizing that they are customers is an important insight. Finding where these fields intersect will help me as a practitioner.” He believes that good doctors treat patients, while great doctors treat people.
Malu comes from a long family line of Redhawks. At first, he was hesitant to go to the school his whole family went to, but little did he know he would be getting both an undergraduate and a graduate degree from SU. Even though Malu completed his undergraduate degree at SU, he says the experience is different as a graduate student. “In cellular molecular biology, a lot of the work was individualistic, but now I am learning how to team and to team well.” Malu is focusing on leveraging people’s individual strengths to build a strong team, while also continuing to set personal goals to challenge himself individually.
So how in the world does Malu balance school and his extracurriculars? Malu admits he was surprised by the amount of work the program required outside of class and he overbooked himself fall quarter. One piece of advice Malu has for incoming Bridge students is to be weary of adding too much to your calendar the first and second quarters of the program. He has now learned how to balance work and school…after all, part of this program is about time management! He recommends that students take advantage of all the opportunities that come with the Bridge program like the career readiness and executive speaker series.
If we were to teleport 10 years into the future, Malu hopes to be a physician in his hometown in Hawaii. “I think it is important to give back to the community that raised me.” By then Malu will likely have an undergraduate degree in cellular molecular biology, a Masters in Business Administration, and an MD (Doctor of Medicine).
Malu’s ambition (and new time management skills) will continue to bring him far!