Meet Our Students: Michael C.

Michael C.Hometown: Round Lake Beach, Illinois

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Special admission programs: Physician Assistant Studies

Expected graduation year: Biomedical Sciences 2021, Physician Assistant Studies 2023

Activities/Involvement: During undergrad, I was a part of Brain Brigade, Marquette Quidditch, and Bayanihan Student Organization. I also did intramural sports (innertube water polo and volleyball). I volunteered at Aurora Sinai in a lot of different roles (cookie baking was my favorite). I worked as a SPARK and orientation leader in addition to my role in a research lab focused on spinal cord injury and axon regeneration.

Career goals: I aspire to be an effective provider wherever PAs are needed. Since I will be young when I graduate from PA school, I want to develop experience and confidence in fields in which I may not be comfortable. My love for hands-on activities, coupled with my love for neuroscience, may lead me to a neurosurgery PA job one day.

Why did you choose the College of Health Sciences at Marquette? I chose the College of Health Sciences because of the utility of the Biomedical Science degree — you can use it wherever you go. I also like that undergraduates can be involved in research, something I think every student should have an opportunity to do. The professors in the CHS are unique and supportive of your academic (and personal) goals.

How did you pick your major/program? I always loved to learn about the human body and wanted to explore medicine. Sometime in my sophomore year, I researched different fields to which I could apply. After I shadowed a PA in nephrology, I knew this was my career. Naturally, I applied to Marquette’s program considering the rigorous education I continue to receive.

What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus has to be the basement of Raynor. It’s a comfortable spot to study or take breaks.

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