WHAT I DO NOW: I am a senior student in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at LSU Health-Shreveport.
MY WORK/JOB CONSISTS OF: I am completing rotations in several specialties at local hospitals. I get to work alongside doctors to provide comprehensive patient care.
HOW I GOT TO LSUS (OR WHY I CHOSE LSUS): I spent a year at Louisiana Tech, but was not sure chemical engineering was for me. I wanted to stay in science and be closer to home, so I transferred to LSUS.
FOND MEMORIES OF LSUS: I loved getting to participate in undergraduate research with Dr. Stephen Banks and Dr. Dalton Gossett. Not only did I get to help with the primary research, but I got to present our findings at local scientific meetings. I also really loved being a teaching assistant for several undergraduate chemistry labs.
LSUS FACULTY WHO HELPED ME: Dr. Richard Thompson was a fantastic mentor who really got me interested in research. I loved hearing about his experiences at Abbott Laboratories. After that, I decided to pursue a career in research.
HOW LSUS HELPED ME SUCCEED: I loved all of the upper-level science electives offered at LSUS, especially embryology taught by Dr. Stephanie Aamodt, and molecular biology taught by Dr. Cran Lucas. They were both really great teachers, and even though I did not technically need so many science electives, it was very helpful in preparing me for graduate school as well as PA school.
ADVICE TO COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS: It isn't always easy, but try to keep your mind on your long-term goals. Make the sacrifices necessary to make yourself competitive to be able to meet your goals. Talk and spend time with people who actually work in the careers in which you may be interested.
ADVICE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO ENTER MY FIELD: PA school is very competitive-study hard, take extra science courses, and spend a lot of time shadowing PAs. Talk to people who have been there!
TIPS ON CHOOSING A MAJOR/CAREER: Talk to as many people as possible about what they do and how they like it-get a real-world perspective so you can make the most informed decision possible. Keep your options open!
MY TOUGHEST PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE: I love getting to know my patients and seeing them get better, but it is very difficult to deliver bad news.
MY TOUGHEST PERSONAL CHALLENGE: Balancing PA school and my family-I have a husband and 4-year old daughter.
SUCCESSES IN MY LIFE:
MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2008
Second place, pre-proposal poster session; Graduate Research Day, 2008
First place, pre-proposal poster session; Graduate Research Day, 2007
Louisiana Board of Regents Outstanding Scholar, 2005-2008
I'VE LEARNED THIS FROM LIFE: You get what you put in!
WHAT I'D BE DOING IF I HAD ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD: Crafting and baking!