Student Spotlight: Alan Flores

Born and raised in Southern California, Alan received a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills. Currently, Alan is a master’s candidate in his first year at the LMU Bioethics Institute. Additionally, he works as the Bioethics Institute’s graduate assistant, primarily supporting professors and maintaining and updating the LMU Bioethics homepage.

What is something about your personality that has contributed to your interest in bioethics?

If I had to isolate one part of my personality that has contributed to my interest in bioethics, it would be this: curiosity. I don’t know why I am such a curious person, and at times it has gotten me into a fair amount of trouble, but I have a desire to know. When something doesn’t make sense to me, it lingers in my head until I can finally make sense of it. Curiosity led me to philosophy when I was younger, and now it has led me to bioethics.

What is the scariest situation that you have faced?

About five years ago, I went hiking with my family in Yosemite National Park, when someone had the bright idea to venture off the path. After five minutes of venturing into the wilderness, we lost track of our route back home. Even though it was only five minutes, we were entirely lost because everything looked the same. Things began to look bleak when we found the remains of a fox, but after about one hour of hiking, we finally managed to find a road that led us back to our campsite. Although I kept a calm demeanor as a result of everyone else freaking out, I have to admit that I was afraid too.

Qualities in another person do you value, and why?

If I had to pick three qualities that I look for in another person, they would have to be: honesty, kindness, and authentic. First, honesty lays the foundation for any relationship that one may build. Second, kindness gives insight into who the individual is. Third, authenticity provides a person with that exceptional quality that makes them unique and knowable. I always look for these three qualities in another person, regardless of the type of relationship I have with them.

What is something that you are proud of, and why?

I am proud of how far I have come in my education because of all the challenges I have faced: poor public school education, lack of access to learning materials, low socioeconomic status, bad lucks, etc. However, I am glad that I had to face these challenges because it made me into who I am today. I never imagined I would be pursuing a master’s degree in bioethics at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). Even my own family is surprised I have made it this far (in a good way). Thus, being at LMU is something I am incredibly proud of in my life.