Kaytlin Galloway Spring 2020
Biology, Pre-Physical Therapy, Minor in Nutrition
Your student organization and your officer position (president, VP, etc)
Co-Chair Pott College Student Advisory Board
What makes USI and the Pott College special to you?
Nothing can top the level of friendliness at USI. It is impossible to walk from class to class without having somebody send a smile your way. The positivity even shines through our faculty in Pott College in the way that they will go out of their way to help you or just check in to see how your day is going. Our academics are great, but the people are what make USI as wonderful as it is.
What are some of your favorite classes at Pott College and why?
The more classes I take, the more my list grows. One of the most unique classes I’ve taken was Tropical Biology. We spent the beginning of a summer session learning about Marine life, then we spent a week actually submersed in what we had be studying. We stayed a week in Belize and snorkeled with a baby manatee, nurse sharks, a sea turtle, a stingray, and even went on a night snorkel! It was the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life and highly recommend the class to everyone.
Why did you choose your current major(s) and minor(s) (if applicable)?
Biology is so flexible as far as career paths and its literally the coolest! I love telling my friends all of the fun facts that I learn in my classes. I decided to minor in Nutrition because I felt like it was a great way to complement my knowledge in Biology as well as have applications in the health field.
What has surprised you about college?
My personal ability to juggle the things that I do. I was hesitant about getting involved early in my college career, but as I’ve spent more time here, I’ve realized that I really can be involved all while taking challenging classes, working, and relaxing. I’ve honestly surprised myself and wouldn’t trade the my involvement for anything.
What do you wish you had known as an incoming freshman?
I already kind of hinted at this, but I definitely wish I would’ve pushed myself to be involved sooner. Some advice that I’d recommend to current freshman is to go into your professors’ office hours often! Building a rapport with your professor is the best way to become comfortable asking questions and strengthing your knowledge base. Plus professors love seeing students in their office and you can get some brownie points!
What attributes make a student successful in college?
Time management is the most important thing for success. Being able to manage your time wisely is something that every student is capable of doing. You can spend time in the library going over your notes, or spend time in a professors office getting your questions answered, or spend time teaching the material to a classmate. However you choose to allocate your time will set the stage for your success in college.
How do you stay focused when the demands of school, work, etc. seem overwhelming?
To-do lists and planners are the greatest inventions ever. It all goes back to time management. If I can manage my time correctly, then I can relax knowing that I deserve to relax and not have to worry about any other commitments or assignments.
Who is your mentor?
Jenna Talbert is who I look up to. I have only known her for about a year, and she probably doesn’t even know that I view her as my mentor. She is a practicing Physical Therapist, and I have been the Supplemental Instructor for her Anatomy class this semester , so I’ve gotten pretty close to her. A year ago, she filled in for my Anatomy professor, and I was able to spend time with her talking about Physical Therapy. She actually recommended me to shadow at the facility that I now work at! I can even see myself following in her footsteps and teaching at an academic institution.
Are there any hidden gems at USI that you think more people should know about?
The hot chocolate at the Sweet Spot is the best hot chocolate in the world. I think it’s a billion times better than Starbucks (sorry Donna!). Donna is another hidden gem on campus, she is the greatest barista, and makes the best little jokes to brighten your day, just before you get your morning coffee!
What made you decide to pursue being an officer of your organization?
I was already highly active on the Board and I felt like a leadership position was the next step. I feel like I’ve been able to be a part of so many more great things that has enhanced the Pott College by being in this position.
Tell us more about your student organization and why USI students should get involved with it!
The Student Advisory Board serves to represent the students of Pott College. We are constantly working to make improvements to enhance the college experience of our students, whether that be through creating programming or updating classroom spaces. All of our members are appointed by the board and department faculty, however any student can express interest to a current board member for consideration! We thrive on having representation from all seven of the departments of Pott College.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I honestly don’t have super solid plans for the next 10 years because I know I’ll be happy wherever life takes me. The only big thing is that I hope to be a practicing Physical Therapist. I would love to even have the opportunity to come back to USI to teach a class!