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A Day in the Life of Physician Assistant Student Jackson Palmer

Jackson Palmer is a sophomore in the 医师助理(B.S./M.S.)项目 在斯通希尔. As a student in this program, he’ll graduate with a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in five years. We recently talked to Jackson about why he chose Seton Hill, and what a typical day looks like for him this semester. 


Jackson started looking into Seton Hill his senior year of high school. 他参加了一个 格里芬参加一天的活动 2020年2月. 在格里芬的一天, prospective students stay overnight and shadow a current Seton Hill student, ideally in the same major, going to classes with them for a day. 

“What eventually helped me decide on Seton Hill was that it is a smaller school and fairly isolated from any substantially large urban areas,”杰克逊说. “This limits one's options for distractions, and I found that appealing. So far, I've found my strategy to be working. The small school aspect also allows me to have a more intimate relationship with my professors. This was a worry I had when looking at bigger schools, and I think I made the right choice in that aspect too because I often need to contact my professors for assistance.” 

“Growing up I always enjoyed being someone who could help others.”

Jackson decided to study to be a physician assistant (PA) because of the job growth and opportunities in the field. It was also something he could actually see himself doing when he was shadowing current physician assistants. 

“Growing up I always enjoyed being someone who could help others,”杰克逊说. “I have a very empathetic personality and enjoy interacting with people from many different walks of life. When looking at schools with accelerated programs, I knew that it would be difficult. 幸运的是, I grew up with a pretty rigid work ethic so I knew I could rise up to the challenge, and so far it's been going well.” 

一个典型的一天 (如杰克逊所述)

9:10 a.m. - Biochemistry Class (M/W/F)

10 a.m. 打破(M / W)

I do schoolwork, sometimes get breakfast, or even get some additional sleep if I feel so inclined.

11:10 a.m. - The Developing World Class (T/Th)

I’m taking this class for the liberal arts curriculum. It really helps with broadening one's worldview and also provides a nice change from all of the science-related content that a PA student consumes. 

中午,吉他 & 钢琴类(M / W)

I have my guitar course on Mondays and a piano class on Wednesdays at the 表演艺术中心. I decided to take these classes because I had room in my schedule and I played trombone in high school, so I wanted to take a shot at some more traditional instruments. 

12:30 p.m. -餐车(T/Th)

I get lunch with friends either from Lowe-To-Go, the campus food truck -  which sometimes has better food than the actual cafeteria. 

1:00 p.m. ——视频 & 口袋妖怪(T / Th)

Between lunch and class I usually just relax. Personally, "relaxing" for me usually means watching videos or playing Pokémon Go.

2:15 p.m. - Neuroscience Class (M/W)

2:20 p.m. - History of Jazz Class (T/Th)

History of Jazz is probably one of my favorite classes that I've taken so far. I originally signed up for it just to get the "United States Culture" credit of the liberal arts curriculum out of the way, but I've really come to enjoy it thanks to my musical background and a great professor. 

3:30 p.m. ——自由时间!

This is usually the time where I have to sit down and think about what to do next. 我是一个 格里芬指南 今年, so sometimes I sign up for a thing we do called telecounseling, which involves calling current student inquiries and asking them about their interest in the school. Sometimes I just chill out or do some work depending on what I have going on that week. 

5 p.m. ——晚餐

8 p.m. - Volleyball Club (Sun/W)

On Sundays and Wednesdays I have volleyball 俱乐部 from 8-10. Since I have more time on my hands, I've begun to attend it pretty regularly, and look forward to it a lot. It's a really fun way to get some exercise as well as see friends or make some new ones. 来到大学, I had no clue how to play volleyball, nor did I know anyone because I come from far away. 加入一个 俱乐部 was a great way for me to make friends and also not go crazy.