Major: Biological Sciences
Expected graduation: Spring 2020
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Involvement on Campus: Resident Assistant at Bromley Hall, 21st Century Leadership Certificate, Professional Leadership Certificate, Former Public Relations Chair for Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB), Future Pre-PA Club Treasurer
What made you want to become a Resident Assistant?
I was a little involved on campus during spring semester last year as the public relations chair for BSCPB and I decided I wanted to do something else to be more connected and involved on campus. So, I decided to apply to be an RA so that I could get more involved and gain leadership skills that I can use in my future career. I’m currently an RA in Bromley and next year I’ll be at the Tanaka-Luchs complex. This year I’ve gained so many skills such as communication, conflict management, time management, and so much more.
How have you balanced your on-campus involvement with your major?
Being a Biological Sciences major is tough and time-consuming, and as an RA I have to put in time there as well, so I’ve had to make some tough decisions concerning what I was going to continue being involved in as I moved forward. I love BSCPB, but I’m no longer involved with that organization because I had to decide between that and the Pre-Physician Assistant Club. Since I want to be a PA, I decided it was probably more important to be involved with that club instead of BSCPB. It was a hard decision because I love BSCPB, but with the time that I had available, something just had to go.
Can you talk a little bit about your involvement with the Pre-PA Club?
I really like this club and it’s one of the reasons I decided to run for a leadership position. I was elected treasurer before spring break, so I’ll be in that role for the 2018-19 academic year. I’m excited to get involved and I think it will give me something to talk about during my PA school interviews.
What are your plans post-graduation?
I’ll go to PA school after graduation, and my dream school is Ohio University’s Physician Assistant School in Dublin, Ohio. If I get into that school, I will literally cry.
After PA School, I want to work with an underserved population for a few years and then eventually I want to move to South Carolina and work as a physician assistant in emergency medicine.
What advice can you give to your fellow Bobcats?
Get involved. A lot of people are scared to apply for leadership positions on campus and hesitate because they don’t think they’ll be successful. Just do it. Try, get involved, and if you don’t get in, try again.
Some advice for people majoring in biological sciences that are also pre-PA: plan ahead. That’s something that has helped me out a lot. I can’t go semester by semester because something’s going to happen along the way that’s going to screw things up. Look into the PA schools you want to go to and see what prerequisites and GPA they require and make sure you’re on the right track.
What is your favorite part about being a Bobcat?
The family environment. Being a Bobcat is like being part of a big family. When I’m at home or not in Athens, and I have a Bobcat sweater, hoodie or t-shirt on I often run into someone who is like “Oh you go to OU? I went there!” or “Oh someone I know went there!” Every time I see another Bobcat, we talk about how much we love OU and the family here.
Interview conducted by CLDC Social Media Intern Kate Ansel