Hello, my name is Taylor Wilkins, and I participated in Campbell University’s CPHS HPREP program in May 2019. To further introduce myself, I am a Campbell University Biology Pre-PA senior with minors in math and chemistry. I came to Campbell my freshman year, hoping to be able to go to Campbell’s PA school, and by the fall semester of 2018, my junior year, I was preparing my application, taking the GRE, and editing my personal statement. Around that time, a friend of mine and Campbell PA student, Morgan Dailey, mentioned a program where I could become a stronger applicant, be exposed to different health sciences schools at Campbell, build relationships with a mentor, fellow pre-health students, and faculty members of the schools, and much more. At first, I was in disbelief that such a program existed, but I applied and was accepted. Thankfully, it did really exist, yet I had no idea how wonderful it would be.
When the time for HPREP finally arrived, the daily schedule was packed full of interprofessional workshops, interactive presentations, and different activities for each health profession. Each one added to my knowledge of the interprofessional health universe, and I was in awe of the amazing programs that Campbell has to offer. Throughout the four days, I learned how vital each profession is in the medical field. If I was not so passionate about the PA profession, I would be honored to go to any of the other schools. Not only that, each presentation, activity, and lab that we partook of allowed me to explore what it would be like to attend Campbell for PA school.
By the end of the program, I was amazed at the diversity of my fellow students and how kind and encouraging everyone was. I also was able to reflect on many genuine, quality conversations with staff and faculty members. I greatly enjoyed learning about their backgrounds, research topics, and passions. Additionally, Campbell’s focus on underserved populations and patient-centered care, which are vital qualities in a school, furthered my desire to attend this school.
Uniquely, Campbell University has the authentic family feel that makes it feel like a home away from home. I have loved being here for my undergraduate years, and I am more than happy to say that I will enjoy three more years at Campbell when I attend the dual Master of Public Health and Master of PA program. I enthusiastically recommend HPREP for any pre-health student who is interested in learning more about Campbell’s programs and how to be a stronger applicant.
Apply to become a participant for HPREP 2020 here.