Aspiring to make a difference through medicine, Kallie is driven and devoted to serve.
“Ut prosim” (that I may serve) has been Kallie’s life motto as long as she could remember and has been a driving force in her academic and career goals. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology on the Pre–Med track, she is currently attending the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue a M.D. She said, “I chose to pursue a [undergraduate] degree in behavioral science because I enjoyed the humanistic approach that it provided to my medical interests—fulfilling my desire to understand both the personal/psychological and healthcare needs of my future patients.” Kallie’s passion for patient care can be seen in her Honors thesis research on the “Presentation of Disease Information in Genetic Testing,” which examines the “effects of disease information presentation, specifically treatability and genetic predictability information, on patients’ decision–making in determining whether or not to receive the results of incidental findings from new–generation genomic testing.”
During her time at Emory & Henry, Kallie served as both a Resident Advisor and Head Resident Advisor in campus housing and as president of the Residence Hall Association. In addition, she was involved in multiple national honors societies including Psi Chi, Cardinal Key, and Phi Eta Sigma. As a member of the Psi Chi Psychology National Honors Society, she presented some of her research at the SEPA Annual Conference in 2014 and was one of sixteen projects to be awarded a Psi Chi Regional Research Award. During what little free time she has, Kallie says she enjoys all things related to summer—afternoon thunderstorms, beach trips, cookouts, fireflies, hammock reading/napping, family get–togethers, traveling, and roller coasters.
Who to better learn from than those who have experienced what you are experiencing now. Therefore, we used this opportunity to ask Kallie a few questions that you as a Senior in high school or a Freshman in college may have been wondering about yourself.
Q: What attracted you to Emory & Henry College?
A: I’ve always said that I never chose Emory & Henry, that Emory & Henry chose me. I don’t know how or why I ended up at the Emory & Henry display table on my high school’s college fair day my senior year, but after I’d spoken with the representative and read all the promotional material, I knew that I had to visit this tiny, breathtakingly beautiful liberal arts institute. My parents and I scheduled a visit for the following week, and the moment I set foot on campus I knew that my college search was over; I felt at home.
I always loved the idea of “having a name” in college—i.e., being known by my classmates and professors—not just a number or another face in the crowd. From the warm, welcoming atmosphere in the Admission’s Office, to the strong sense of community I perceived from all the people I met across campus that day, I realized that an education at Emory & Henry would provide me with just that. With small classroom settings intimate enough for group discussion, but a curriculum broad enough to provide opportunities for world–wide exploration, I knew I would be challenged to grow—both personally and academically—but still receive the guidance and support I needed along the way.
Q: What advice would you give to first–year Honors Scholars?
A: The transition to college life can be a difficult one, especially when you’re putting exceptional pressure on yourself to excel academically (as all Honors Scholars do). My advice to first–year Honors Scholars would be to establish a healthy balance during that transition period between fun, friends, and all–things academic. Although we are scholars first, there’s more to the Emory & Henry experience than lectures, labs, and textbooks. I would urge all first–year students, especially Honors scholars, to consider ways to get involved on campus beyond the classroom, whether it be through various student organizations, volunteering opportunities, intramural sports, or residence life activities. I believe exploring these opportunities and building a well–rounded schedule early–on helps to ease the strain of academic load and establishes good practices (to be maintained throughout the duration of your academic career), allowing you to take full advantage of all that this special place has to offer.
Q: How did your involvement in the Honors Program influence your overall experience at Emory & Henry College?
A: My invitation to join the Honors Program was an exciting addition to my Emory & Henry acceptance—the icing on my college “cake.” In my mind, it confirmed my decision to attend Emory & Henry and truly got me excited about the start of my first semester. Throughout my undergraduate career, the Honors Program challenged me to maintain the highest level of academic performance. Especially during that first year, the level of discourse and thoughtful analysis brought into the honors courses by my classmates compelled me to raise my own academic standards, helping me to establish strong critical thinking and communication skills that would serve to set me apart in my other classes for the next three years. Overall, I believe my involvement with the Honors Program enhanced my intellectual experiences at Emory & Henry, increasing the quality and creativity of my work and conversations in honors classes and beyond.
Q: What was your most memorable experience in the Honors Program?
A: Some of my most memorable experiences with the Honors Program were during my cohort’s trip to New York City. While there are a number of unforgettable class discussions and debates, the NYC trip gave me the opportunity to get to know my cohort members, and for them to get to know me, beyond the classroom. From exploring “Sleep No More” and visiting Broadway, to the time Mary Grace and I got lost trying to find our subway stop and ended up finding an adorable little consignment shop tucked away on a side street—and who can forget Kaitlyn’s Perry the Platypus!—I believe these non–academic explorations and interactions truly helped to strengthen our cohort.