Two Seniors Accepted into Competitive P.A. Program
Carly Muniz '13 and Matt Kele '13 have spent enough time in the biology laboratory to become friends. They share a passion for science and want to bring that passion to a career in healthcare. Therefore, it's no surprise that they both chose to apply to physician assistant graduate programs. What is surprising is that they were both admitted to Bay Path College's program, which receives more than 500 applicants and admits only 24 students.
From the Desert to the Classroom
After high school, Matt joined the Army and fought in Iraq for nearly 10 years. He came to admire the medic in his squad and his rewarding work. When he returned home and decided to put his GI Bill to use, he wanted to look at a career path in healthcare.
"When looking at colleges, I wanted one with a pre-med track that included all the sciences. It makes you more marketable," Matt said. "I came to Elms College for an interview and I really like the small class sizes. When you're trying to get into a P.A. school, you need recommendations. Here, all the professors know me by my first name."
Matt believes the broad science education made him a better student by giving him problem-solving skills.
"When my interviewers called to tell me I had been accepted, that was one of the things they mentioned. They liked the fact that I was able to think critically. That has a lot to do with taking so many science courses. They're not easy at all. It's a lot like medicine. It's not straight-forward, there's a lot of variables."
Balancing School and Work
Carly became a certified nursing associate (CNA) her junior year of high school. After she graduated, she began working full time while taking classes full time at Elms. Four years and several dean's list appearances later, she will be the first person in her family to graduate from college.
Unsure of what she wanted to do, Carly began attending meetings set up by her biology professor, Janet Williams, Ph.D. Carly thought about becoming a doctor but learned about a career as a physician assistant through one of the meetings and began working with Dr. Williams to pursue that goal.
"Other than my mother, Janet's been my main role model and a big influence in my life. She reviewed all my applications and even set up mock interviews with me," Carly said.
Matt and Carly are thankful for the support from their professors and the strength of the curriculum which enabled them to begin their careers after graduation.