Why did you choose Daemen College?
Daemen College’s PA program has a reputation of being one of the best in the country. Almost every person I talked to about being a PA recommended Daemen as their number one choice. Also, Daemen is relatively close to where I live, and I wanted to stay local to be with my family!
Why did you choose your present major?
When I was 15 years old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. At all of her doctor appointments, we would usually see the PA instead of the doctor. I liked the idea of having more patient contact and I want to help people the same way those PAs comforted and cared for my mom. Since then, I have always been interested in the medical field and assisting others, but I knew I wanted to raise a family of my own. The PA profession will allow me to spend time with my family and still work in the medical field. You can also switch to different specializations when you are a PA, so I will have many career options from which to choose.
Please describe your academic experience at Daemen College. (Ex: It is challenging, but I know it will prepare me for my career..etc)
So far the PA program and curriculum seem very challenging, but I know I can be successful if I put my mind to it. Daemen is preparing me to be professional!
Please describe the impact Daemen faculty, staff and advisors have had on you.
One of the reasons I chose Daemen was because I wanted the opportunity to develop relationships with faculty just as I did in my hometown high school. Those relationships helped me to be successful and I searched for a college that had a “family” atmosphere. Daemen’s small class sizes provide a perfect opportunity to get to know my professors. So far, everyone is understanding and welcoming, and they make time to meet with me if I am struggling. I also recently met with my career adviser and she was so helpful with looking at job options and opportunities.
Do you live on campus? Please tell us about your on campus experiences.
I do not live on campus. I commute from Eden/Angola, which is about a 45 minute drive. I still try to be involved in campus activities, including Daemen’s Day of Service. I want commuters to know that you do not have to dorm to be involved in activities on campus!
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to stay in Western New York and work in an emergency room or pediatric urgent care. This is what I have in mind right now but I won’t know which field of medicine I will choose until I start my clinical rotations in year five.