Elizabeth Frerichs, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Elizabeth Frerichs knows it’s never too late to go back to college or to make a difference.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Science program at South College provides students with a comprehensive education in health science. This is a pre-professional program that prepares students for pursuing a graduate degree in pure or applied health sciences or in professions such as medicine, nursing or pharmacy. If students do not pursue a graduate program, then they can find a career in biological, life and health science fields.
We recently interviewed Elizabeth Frerichs to see what she has to say about her experience with South College and the Bachelor of Science in Health Science program.
Why did you choose Health Sciences? What was that thought process for you, and how did you make it happen?
I have a passion for the healthcare field and helping others. This passion started when my younger brother was diagnosed with epilepsy. For years, I watched him get test after test and treatment after treatment. I wanted to understand everything about his condition and how I could help him. I began learning about epilepsy and volunteering at epilepsy camps for children. From there, I continued to learn and knew that I wanted to be something in the healthcare field so I could make a difference.
Why did you choose South College?
One of the major reasons I chose South College was for the smaller class sizes. It allows more one-on-one time between students and professors, which enhances the learning experience for me.
Did you come back to school after working, raising a family, etc? Are you changing careers? Or are you coming straight out of high school? Describe that journey.
I went to college right after high school and received my associate’s degree. I got married and had my son Isaiah. I took a break from college for a few years until Isaiah turned three, and then I decided to go back to college. I wanted to finish what I had started. I was the first of my family in many generations to go to college and was never planning on stopping at an associate’s degree.
What is your favorite part about your studies?
I enjoy my studies! Even though it is hard sometimes, it challenges me to push forward. I also enjoy helping others reinforce what they have learned through tutoring.
What is your goal for after graduation?
After I graduate with my bachelor’s degree, I plan on attending physician assistant school. Once I am a physician assistant, I want to work in the field of neurology and continue to learn.
Do you have any advice for future students who might be in your same position?
It is never too late to go back to college. Once back, pick a field of study that you are passionate about and create a goal. Whether it is an associate’s degree or master’s. It may take some people longer than others, but the end goal is the same: to pursue ones’ passions and be happy. Never settle, stay determined, pursue your dreams, push yourself and never give up. Everyone has the ability to reach their goals, no matter what their current conditions; conditions can change, and you can make that happen.
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; They merely determine where you start.” – Nido Qubein
Learn more about South College’s Health Science program today!