Student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science

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Hard work will pay off.

Holly Tilley

What do you do?

Once I graduate, I will work closely with other medical professionals to examine and diagnose a variety of diseases.

Why did you choose this field?

I knew I wanted to help people, but I was not exactly a “people” person. I chose the career I did because it allows me to care for others in a way that is just as important, but not directly hands on with patients.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I graduated high school at 16. I immediately started college the following month. I had no clue what I really had a passion for. I started out as a Biology major, but I did not know where I was going with it. Medical school was in question, but I still had my doubts. After about 3 semesters as a biology major, I applied to the medical laboratory science program at 18 and got accepted. I was surprised given my young age. It was a dream come true.

Why do you love working in STEM?

There is always something knew. Most professions remain the same over time. Science is always changing. I am able to learn something new every single day. I never grow bored with my work.

Best advice for next generation?

Hard work will pay off. Especially, in a STEM education and career. It is far from easy, but it is worth it on every single aspect.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Find a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -unknown

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