Class: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies – Class of 2014
What advice would you like to share with prospective students?
I would suggest that you believe in yourself. If you truly want to be a PA, you can do it. Just remember to be yourself. In the interview and application process it can often be easy to start feeling overwhelmed and inadequate. Remember that you are great and you can do it!
Why do you want to be a PA?
I have always had a passion for science and especially the health sciences. I feel like a PA is a great way for me to use the subject matter that I love to make a difference in people’s lives. I also truly appreciate the amount of time PAs are able to spend with their patients. All my life I have loved doing community service activities and feel energized by giving people resources they wouldn’t otherwise have. I feel like as a PA I get to do that every day.
What are your extracurricular activities?
I act one of the Iowa PA Society student representatives for my class. It’s a great way to get in touch with working PAs in this area and throughout the state. Through this role, I also get a chance to see the opportunities that exist in the PA community. I also will be joining the PA Club on campus as well as some other extracurricular clubs. I was very impressed by the plentiful amount of chances to get involved on campus. While classes are demanding and schedules are busy, DMU does a great job of giving students a chance to stay involved.
Why did you choose DMU?
I was initially attracted to DMU by the excellent education that is offered here and the technology that is available. When I first came to visit, I was immediately amazed by the sense of community. Everyone was warm and welcoming and I got the feeling that the faculty and staff of DMU had the student’s best interests at heart. They really want to see their students succeed. I just felt at home here and knew DMU was right for me.
What are your career objectives?
I am not quite sure what specialty I am interested in. There are so many different types of medicine that fascinate me and the things that I like the most change every day. I think once I get a chance to try different specialties in the clinical year I will have a much better idea of what fits for me.
What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?
I love that it’s a big city with a small town feel. There is so much to do here! Grayslake or Raccoon River are great places to go for a run or a sit on the beach. I could spend endless hours shopping at Jordan Creek Mall. There are so many fun places to eat downtown and always fun events going on in the city.
What do you do when you’re not studying?
I love the Wellness Center on campus. So when taking a break from studying, I spend most of my time there. I love doing yoga and enjoy the exercise classes the Wellness Center offers. I also enjoy spending time with friends. On the weekends my favorite pass-time is the downtown Farmer’s Market. It is five blocks full of fresh produce and fun crafts.
Were you surprised by anything in the program?
I was really surprised by the wide array of professors we got a chance to interact with. I was pleasantly surprised that we got to have all different professors for Physiology and for the Clinical Lab classes we got to learn subjects from people that actually specialize in that area. I thought it was really neat that we got to ask in depth questions and get accurate answers back.