For the July Alumni Reflection, Casey McCollum offered us a snapshot into her CBU experience.
Casey McCollum graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science, Pre-PA, with a minor in Global Studies. Casey is currently living in Corona with her husband Scotty, and 2 dogs Max and Cloe. She works as a Physician Assistant at a family practice clinic, as well as an assistant teacher for the PA department at Western University of Health Sciences. Way to go Casey!
The following are the questions and answers from our interview. And also a huge thank you to Casey for allowing us an honest glance at her time at CBU.
Q: Why did you select CBU for your education?
A: I wanted to attend a University that would help me grow in my faith.
Q: What college subjects did you like the best? The least? Why?
A: I liked my health science classes the best because I find the human body so intricate and interesting. History I liked the least because it was hard to relate it to what I wanted to do with my future career.
Q: Describe how your favorite course has contributed to your career interests.
A: Anatomy and Physiology gave me the knowledge foundation I needed in order to get accepted into PA school. The subject material for that class was very challenging and it taught me hard work and dedication which helped me have a good work ethic once I started PA school.
Q: Describe your most rewarding college experience.
A: I served as a resident assistant for years in the freshman dorms, and 1 year in the Lancer Arm apartments. During that time I meet a lot of fun people of whom I am still close with today! That experience taught me how to be a servant leader. This is an invaluable lesson I am still learning now with my patients and the people I interact with on a daily basis.
Q: If you had one academic or campus life-redo, what would it be and why?
A: I would have spent more time getting to know my professors. Towards the end of my senior year at CBU they helped me practice for my PA interview and were a great source of support and encouragement. I wish I would have invested more time into those relationships during my first 3 years as a student.
And because we just had to know.
Q: Favorite CBU Food Item
A: CBU chicken bowl
Thanks Casey! And congratulations on your success as a Physician-Assistant!
Health Science, Pre-Physician Assistant
Leadership Allied Health