What did you get your masters degree in? What did that entail?
Masters in Education in Exercise Physiology at Baylor University. It was a 2 year program with an internship and master’s project.
Do you feel that your masters helped you in the application process and in PA school?
I felt academically, my undergrad degree helped me a lot more since it was in Biology. I think getting my masters was a good thing to add to my application, but if I knew that I wanted to go to PA school I think it would’ve been more helpful to do my masters in something more specific to health science. I did learn so much in my masters program and I know aspects of it will be helpful in the long run as a PA with health maintenance and education.
How did a soccer player like you decide to go to PA School?
I was always interested in the medical field since I’ve grown up with parents and siblings in the medical field. I first hear about PA school from my brother when he was in his second year of med school and he sold me on it when he talked about all the flexibility there is as a PA and how it is such a great option if you’re wanting to have a family and be a mom.
It definitely helped me learn how to balance my life and how to manage my time. My life couldn’t just be about school since we had soccer practice every day and traveled for games on the weekends. It was so helpful to experience that before coming to PA school and it helped me balance my life when PA school seemed crazy. It helped me prioritize my life and fit in the activities I wanted/needed to do even when it seemed like I needed to be studying 24/7. It definitely helped to learn to be efficient with my free time since it was limited as an athlete and that was so helpful with PA school. It also taught me that I can’t find my worth in how I perform. There were so many times in soccer that I got so upset with how I played or frustrated that I didn’t get to play as much as I wanted to. It was so easy for me to compare myself to others, but so not worth it. This was definitely something that became important in PA school too. It is so easy to compare to others and feel like you fall short, but it is so not true. We are all worth so much more than how we perform or measure up to the world’s standards. Finding my worth in Christ and knowing that He loves me no matter how small I feel was the biggest game changer.