What made you choose this major?
I came into Carroll as an exercise science pre-physical therapy major. After taking the initial class in that major sequence I realized that was not the major for me. In high school, I was very involved in DECA, which is a business club for students. I had no intentions of pursuing a degree in that field. But after looking at my options, I found that Carroll offered a degree in healthcare administration. I would still be able to work in the medical field and work to help people, but I would also gain the business knowledge needed to be successful in an organization.
How has what you've learned so far prepared you for your future?
In Carroll's healthcare administration program, I have been able to take classes that make me feel confident about my future as a nursing home administrator. I have taken classes in management, which gives me great confidence in leading a future team of professionals. I also have had the ability to take healthcare finance classes which gives me a better insight on the costs of our country's healthcare system. When I enter the workforce, I will be able to better understand the high costs associated with healthcare services and to fully understand how those costs may impact professionals, patients, and third-party payers. These are just a few of the many valuable lessons I have learned in my coursework that has allowed me to feel fully confident about entering the workforce.
What opportunities have you had to work closely with a faculty member and what impact has that had on your education?
Carroll's small class sizes and personal attention from faculty a student will get when they step foot on campus as a student is one of the key reasons why I chose Carroll University. I was very used to knowing my teachers and developing relationships in high school. I truly have felt I can get any questions I have had answered and that I have developed a sincere relationship with my professors. My relationship with my advisor, Sarah Esveldt, is a prime example of a close relationship I have developed with faculty during my time on campus. In my junior year, I decided to no longer pursue Carroll's physical therapy program. It was so scary to drop an emphasis, and I felt lost in the process. Sarah has been there for me every step of the way, answering any questions I may have and is always willing to meet with me! Without her, I am sure I would still be lost in many decisions.
What's one unique experience you've had relating to the coursework for your major?
In my healthcare law and ethics class, I was able to research the law and ethics of both palliative and hospice care and how they can influence individuals in a long-term nursing facility. This paper was very interesting because I hope to one day work in this field.
How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person outside of the skills you're learning in the classroom?
I have been able to pick up a religious studies minor during my time here at Carroll. These sorts of topics are of great interest to me since I have grown up and been involved at my church at home. To future Pios, I would recommend picking a major that they find interesting, but yet challenging the same time. These two key characteristics will allow them to learn about topics they are actually interested in but will still learn so much about.
Why did you choose to attend Carroll University?
I love the Carroll community, its small class sizes and that I am able to major in healthcare administration! I also got the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua to volunteer in different clinics and hospitals in the country. Carroll's cross-cultural requirement made this dream possible! I was able to travel to a country I had never been to before, and I was able to learn so much at the same time.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Say yes to activities, clubs, classes and any other opportunity you may not think you would have done prior to attending Carroll. Also, take part in a Carroll cross-cultural experience.
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