Going to Olivet College to pursue my undergraduate degree was one of the best decisions I have ever made. There were several reasons why I chose Olivet. First and foremost, growing up in Reed City, I loved the feeling of a small town atmosphere, which Olivet provided. That made it easy getting to know classmates and making friends. An added plus was easy access to professors when help was needed. Also, Olivet gave me a chance to continue my athletic career, as I was recruited to play volleyball. Along with that, I ended up running track and field, as well. My teammates at Olivet will continue to be my lifelong friends, which makes me so thankful. As the Olivet Valedictorian Scholarship recipient for four years, my major was in biology with a focus in pre-medicine. I was a member of the National Mathematics and Science Honor Society and a mentor to first-year athletes for the OC student mentor program. I graduated from Olivet in December 2012, Magna Cum Laude.
Medicine is my passion, and I knew that I would pursue a career in the medical field. I was accepted to the Grand Valley State University Master of Physician Assistant program, which I started in August 2014. During my time at Grand Valley, aside from my classroom studies, I spent time doing rotation work at different hospitals throughout Michigan. I graduated as a certified physician assistant in December 2016. I started my career in March 2017, when I was hired by Spectrum Health for my first job in family medicine. It was very rewarding helping my many patients and building rapport with them. I then transitioned to Spectrum Health Virtual Medicine in November 2019 working for our SHNow team.
My advice to incoming students at Olivet is to always be ready when an opportunity presents itself. Make sure you are always prepared, whether it is on the job, in the classroom, in athletics or anything else. If you are prepared properly, you will be able to answer and respond in the best way and with your best self. No matter what major or career you pursue, be open to meeting new people and making new friends. Your close friends will last a lifetime. Be open to these new friendships and new experiences. Work hard and take time for fun, too. This will make your life well-rounded and full.
Good luck… and GO COMETS!