HPU graduates are leading 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 at one extraordinary member of the Class of 2023:
Name: Alexandria Ritz
Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Major: Biology with a minor in psychology
Post-graduation plans: Ritz will continue her studies at HPU this fall, in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program.
How HPU helped you get there:
“HPU has provided me individualized resources, such as research, collaborative projects and exposure to mentors who have been through a physician assistant program. The Office of Career and Professional Development helped me establish a robust LinkedIn profile, cover letter and resume.”
Most impactful mentor at HPU:
“Dr. Jackson Sparks, chair and assistant professor of biology, is one mentor who has made an impact on me. He helped me work on and finalize my essay and application for grad school. It was then I officially had a moment of realization and applied for my master’s program. Dr. Heather Ahrens, assistant professor of biology, is my other most impactful mentor. Working with her was my first experience with undergraduate research and opened a new door to things I might enjoy.”
How has HPU’s inspiring environment contributed to your success?
“The HPU environment motivates me to uphold the standards of those around me. If you feel like this is where you belong, then you will do what you can to make it worthwhile.”
What are the life skills HPU helped you develop that prepared you for long-term success?
“Professionalism, coachability and kindness are a few of the life skills that I will take with me.”
What are the values and virtues HPU’s campus helped you develop that you’ll take with you after graduation?
“I’ve developed the knowledge and implementation of perspective at HPU. You never know what someone else is going through or what they are experiencing, therefore, we should not judge or assume, but be kind and understanding.”
Advice for underclassmen:
“Never compare yourself to where others are in their achievements and academics. All you can worry about is you and what you’re going to do to achieve your goals.”
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