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My journey through Juniata’s pre-dental program

Madison Wrightstone
Madison Wrightstone ’23

I tend to get one of two reactions whenever I tell people I want to be a dentist. The first being some variation of, “I could never put my hands in someone’s mouth!” or “Mouths are so gross; I have no idea why you would want to do that.” The second is some reference to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Hermey saying “I want to be a dentist.” (shout out to you, Dad). Since the 7th grade, I have had my mind set on being a dentist, and the path Juniata has taken me on is one that continues to turn this goal into a reality.

A unique component of Juniata’s pre-health professions program is specialized advising from summer orientation before your freshman year. As a pre-dental student, I was matched with an adviser who specializes in pre-dental advising, making it easier for my advising sessions to be personalized to me. As a student in health professions, you have an adviser specifically for this, as well as a general adviser outside of your designated POE to help you incorporate a holistic approach into your education and help you include your other passions into your academics. From your first day of classes, you are immediately introduced to the entry-level science courses you will need for professional school. With small class sizes, it is easy to seek out help from your professors in class and build personal relationships with them.

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Debunked: 3 Myths about Individualized POEs

Jules Slater
Jules Slater ’21, Advocacy Communication POE, Future Mayor of Picklesburgh

If you know anything about Juniata, you know that we don’t have majors the way other colleges might. Sure, you can come in with a Designated Program of Emphasis (POE) like English or Business and have similar requirements to majors at other schools. But you could also write an Individualized POE of “Writing and Society” or “Marketing Strategies.”

There are many myths about the process of individualizing your POE and about graduating with an individualized POE. I’m going to debunk three of them and explain how I individualized my own POE.

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Life on the Video Production Team

Aronley Miller
Aronley Miller ’23, Cyber Security POE

Having a job at Juniata as a student employee has created many different stories for me. I have worked for the soccer team collecting balls on the sidelines during the game, I have packed backpacks with food for students at the local elementary school, and I had assumed the Video Production Team (VPT) would be a similar experience. I would learn and develop skills that I can use in the future. Better yet, hone ones I didn’t even know I had. However, no campus job could have prepared me for what the VPT had in store.

One of the activities we take part in the VPT is called monthlies. Every monthly meeting we are split into groups and assigned a project, for example, our most recent is to make a spooky video because it is October. We work on these projects as groups, planning filming, acting, etc., and the final product is shared with the team in our next meeting. Out of all parts of the process, the most enjoyable aspect for me is working with my team members, creating and watching our ideas come to life. Sometimes they will throw in a requirement, such as including a Dutch angle, in our project to help us get more practice and gain more experience. These are often challenging, but they lead us to find new and imaginative ways to incorporate them into our projects.

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Time is Money: Advancing Your Career in an Expedited Fashion

Wei-Chung Wang
Dr. Wei-Chung Wang, Associate Professor of Business and Economics

Time is money, literally. Juniata College recently launched a four-year, two-degree business program that aims at helping business professionals hit the ground running and reach their career goals faster. With the program, students are expected to obtain both a bachelor’s degree in Business and an MBA at the end of their four-year journey at Juniata College, a nationally ranked liberal arts college.

The Importance of Credentialing

In my 20 years of professional experience, I’ve witnessed how credentialing plays a critical role in career advancement. When I worked at a Big Four accounting/consulting firm, I saw many colleagues lose out on the promotion opportunities because they did not have an advanced degree in hand. Some of these folks chose to enroll in MBA programs while working full time, spending weekday nights and weekends to finish course requirements. Some were able to finish the degrees in two to five years, at the cost of their physical, mental health, or even family time; while others failed to complete the programs simply because they were not able to strike the work-school-life balance. Some chose to quit their jobs and studied full time, but they would be risking their already-established career trajectory. The struggle takes place over and over again.  

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Thank You, Juniata

Maggie Peck
Maggie Peck ’21 Biology/ Pre-Dentistry POE

As a senior, my time as a Juniata College student is quickly coming to an end. As I prepare for my next steps in life, I wish to reflect on all that Juniata has given me.

I will miss these peaceful mornings on campus.

Firstly, I have received a comprehensive, quality education. When searching for a college, I was looking for an academically focused institution. As an aspiring dentist, I wanted to go somewhere that would prepare me for professional school. Through my visits at Juniata, I felt assured that this was the right place to continue my education. I knew that I would be challenged intellectually while having opportunities to explore my own curiosities and interests. My experience has exceeded all of my expectations. The faculty members at Juniata have expressed their genuine interest in my success, which has allowed me to thrive in this educational environment. I feel confident and exceptionally prepared moving forward, and hope to find the same cohesive, supportive environment in dental school.

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