What did you study for your undergraduate degree? Was it here at WVU?
Exercise Physiology at WVU
What made you interested in the program you chose?
I was an athlete in high school and had always been interested in anatomy and physiology, so the name of the program alone definitely piqued my interest. I also knew that I wanted to hopefully attend medical school in the future, and the inclusion of all of the medical prerequisites in the coursework sealed the deal.
Why did you choose WVU?
Being from West Virginia, I’ve always been a Mountaineer and WVU had everything that I was looking for in a university. It’s the perfect place to be a student, with plenty of opportunities to make the most of your academic career but also plenty of ways to have fun.
Were you involved in any student organizations or extra-curricular activities while at WVU and the School of Medicine? If so, what were those experiences like?
I had the chance to be both a member and officer of the Exercise Physiology Club. That was one of the most rewarding experiences I had as an exercise physiology student. The club works to create and participate in activities that serve our campus and local community.
I also served as a student ambassador for the School of Medicine’s Undergraduate Programs, specifically Exercise Physiology. I remember being led around the health science campus by student ambassadors when I visited the Decide WVU event as a high school senior. The opportunity to do the same for current prospective students feels surreal.
Do you have a favorite memory from WVU and the School of Medicine?
My favorite memory at WVU is being at Milan Puskar Stadium and singing “Country Roads” for the first time; it’s something I won’t forget.
My favorite memory at the School of Medicine sounds silly, but I remember leaving the lecture hall after my Pathophysiology final exam and feeling so proud of myself that I had done well in the class. It was incredibly challenging, so I was proud of the work I had done.
What are your career goals? What are next steps for you professionally?
I will be applying this cycle to the WVU School of Medicine M.D. program. During the upcoming gap year, I hope to work as a medical scribe and accomplish the personal goals I have set for myself.
What would you tell prospective students about WVU and the School of Medicine?
There are so many opportunities available if you are willing to seek them out. If research is your thing, get in touch with your professors. Explore the student organizations and find what interests you (and make some friends!). If you’re struggling, know that the faculty truly cares and is there to help you. The four years fly by, so make the most of them!
How would you define the School of Medicine in one word? Why?
Dedicated. The coursework is challenging, so students need to stay dedicated to giving it their best. The professors and faculty are dedicated to helping freshman transition into college. They are dedicated to preparing their students for their dream career and helping them achieve their goals.