Today’s post is the first entry of a new segment called ‘Wisdom From a Recent College Graduate’. These graduates will give you their inside advice on how to go about college and make the most of your time and money spent there. Our first graduate highlight is Mr. Tyler Martin, Certified Physician Assistant, guitar player, and father. Continue below for Tyler’s best college tips and advice…
What is your name and occupation?
Tyler Martin, Certified Physician Assistant
Where did you attend college and what degree(s) did you earn?
University of Georgia- Bachelors in Biochemistry and molecular biology, minor in Spanish.
Medical University of South Carolina- Masters in PA studies
What did you like most about your time in college?
Friends made, extracurricular activities, learning to live on my own. All you can eat dining halls!
What did you like least about your time in college?
What one piece of advice would you offer to a high school junior regarding choosing a major?
Pick a major that will prepare you for a job that is in demand in today’s marketplace. If you are unsure, that’s fine. I didn’t chose a major until my second year of school. I would talk to people whom you admire about their career and ask what they would have done the same/differently.
What one piece of advice would you offer the same student regarding selecting a college?
Research programs/majors offered at a school and how they rank. Plan ahead, thinking if your career path may include graduate school. Cost does make a big difference. Go to the school that provides the best bang for the buck. Look in state, or try for a scholarship. I don’t believe that there is only 1 school that will provide the “best college experience.” You can make your experience great at lots of schools.
What is something that you would’ve done differently during the high school to college transition?
Prepared more for interviews. Sought out more scholarships.
What is something valuable that you learned outside of the classroom at college?
How to network with peers. How to discipline myself with my time and money.
As a professional now, what advice do you have for college entrants to achieve a successful and fulfilling career?
Think about a job that will allow you to do what you love. Think about work/life balance. Do your best to not take on debt. Take school seriously and don’t take 10 years to complete undergrad.
What is your best college ‘must do’ either inside or outside the classroom?
Thank you to Tyler for offering his advice and wisdom!