With another successful Commencement behind us, High Point University graduates are commencing prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the Class of 2020:
Name: Emily Hahn
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Post-graduation plans: Hahn will be attending Belmont University for their Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program in Nashville, Tennessee.
How HPU helped you get there: “The summer after freshman year I was blessed to be granted a position in the SuRPS program. This summer, I got a wonderful opportunity to partake in undergraduate research. During this time, I received the training necessary to carry out research throughout the rest of my college career. Being able to say I conducted cancer research from the time I was 19 definitely boosted my resume. Having a good resume was an extremely important part of being competitive in the graduate school application process. The Office of Career and Professional Development was an extremely helpful resource that I used to get help with my resume.”
Most impactful mentor at HPU: “I could not possibly narrow it down to one most important mentor. There are SO many people at HPU who have helped me grow and supported me every step of the way! Thank you to my second mothers Ms. Vernell and Ms. Melissa! These women made me feel at home from the second I walked onto this campus as a high schooler. They offered hugs and advice any time I needed it. In the biology department, Dr. Suh and Dr. Vigueira answered countless questions patiently. Dr. Vigueira was a different kind of science professor. He made students think about our futures. We didn’t all have to be doctors or nurses. Science encompasses so many things and he stressed the importance of finding what you love. The last group of people that impacted me were the people at every restaurant on campus. They saw me at my most stressed and tired and somehow knew my bad days and made sure I took an extra dessert or some Cocoa Puffs for the road.”
Most impactful moment at HPU: “I would say my most impactful moment at HPU was the day I found out that we would not come back for my final two months of senior year. This moment made me realize how fulfilling the past four years have been. I look back at how afraid, young and immature I was and think, ‘wow.’ I look back and know I’ve blossomed into someone I consider extraordinary. I have met so many wonderful people who will push, even as an alumni. I have learned the skills necessary to be a competitive, kind, understanding, valuable member of society. I have had memories that could last a lifetime.”
Advice for underclassmen: “One piece of advice I would give to underclassmen is to not feel like you have to carry out your original plan. I began college with the goal of going to medical school. However, listening to medical students and being in a hospital setting made me realize that wasn’t necessarily the right thing for me. I think a lot of students, myself included, get hung up on their plan. Deciding something isn’t right for you now, is better than deciding something isn’t right for you in 10 years! Dr. Qubein teaches us that if you want something you have to go out and get it; it’s not going to be given to you! That is true of your happiness too.”