Kentucky College Students Share Tips and Tricks for Postsecondary Success

Nearly 275 students from Bryan Station High School’s Academy of Medical Sciences got a firsthand look at college life thanks to a recent MED Talk. Led by a panel of college students from various healthcare programs at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) and the University of Kentucky (UK), the event promoted an open dialogue between future generations of industry professionals. As part of their rigorous, career-themed curriculum, Bryan Station’s Medical Academy students participate in a MED Talk every month to connect with real-world medical professionals, patients and students.

From discussing how selective healthcare programs in college can be, to how students can stand out from their peers in today’s highly competitive medical landscape—Academy students took advantage of the opportunity to listen to and learn from emerging industry leaders.

MED Talk participants from EKU included Tanner Eldridge and Kaitlin Oshiro, both Athletic Training program students, and Occupational Sciences student, Alyson Crawford, who will begin the school’s MS Occupational Therapy program next year. Participating from UK’s College of Medicine were Patrick Keller, Abigaile Roney and Andrew Wodrich.

Pictured from left to right are UK College of Medicine students Abigaile Roney, Andrew Wodrich and Patrick Keller.
Pictured from left to right are EKU students Kaitlin Oshiro, Tanner Eldridge and Alyson Crawford.


Whether a student is planning to pursue a career in medicine or any other field, the following tips and tricks will help set the stage for postsecondary success:


“With anything in the healthcare field—it’s all about helping patients. Colleges want to see that you’ve done some volunteer work and high school is a great time to start with that,” said Patrick. Alyson continued, “I like to volunteer to stay motivated. If I’m in a nursing home working with residents, that’s my biggest motivation.” Tanner echoed their sentiments adding that volunteering helps to “build your identity as a healthcare provider” down the road.

Job shadow

“One of the biggest things you can do now is get exposure. If you have a particular interest that you know of, try to talk with someone in that field to see what it’s really like. You can reach out, like in our case, to a doctor in the Lexington area and ask to shadow them. Most doctors are excited to have students who are interested, passionate and driven come and learn from them,” said Andrew.

Manage your time

“Take the time to know that in college, school comes first. Time management is a huge thing. When you’re waiting between classes, take an hour to study and make the most of that time,” said Kaitlin.

And according to Tanner, the following simple act of planning is a key to success throughout college: “Make to-do lists,” he said. “Crossing each item off will keep you motivated.”

Develop life skills

“In college you’ll be doing laundry, cooking yourself dinner and waking up to your alarm every day. Think of everything that happens in your life—you’re now accountable for yourself. You have be able to clean, go to the grocery store, and still go to school and study and work hard,” added Andrew.

Study—but still make time for yourself

Studying is essential to maintaining the highest GPA possible, which all panelists agreed is critical to their programs. It’s all about finding ways to make studying collaborative between friends and peers—but also setting limitations. “Have something you look forward to and set limitations. I study every day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. but after that, I’m done. I go to the gym and look forward to that. You need to be more than just your program. You are a well-rounded person. Make time for yourself,” said Abigaile.

Do what you love

“Whatever you are most interested in now—pursue that. Do what you love and it will help you develop into the person you’re destined to become. Be passionate about something and do it well, and to the best of your ability,” said Andrew.

Have fun!

“Even when you have to do 30 hours a week of clinicals, you can still find time to have fun,” remarked Tanner. Patrick added, “It’s also good to have friends outside of your major to keep you sane. You can goof off and just have fun.”

“And if you manage your time correctly, you will have time to go out with your friends and enjoy college while you can. College has been the best time of my life,” said Alyson.

If you are an individual in the medical industry who would like to provide real-world experiences and opportunities to Medical Academy students at the Academies of Bryan Station High School or Health Sciences Academy students at the Academies of Frederick Douglass High School, we’d love to hear from you! In addition to seeking volunteers for speaking opportunities such as MED Talk, we welcome job shadowing and field trip experiences. We are also very excited that beginning Fall 2018, the Academy of Medical and Emergency Services will be implemented within the Academies of Tates Creek High School.


To learn more about how you can support The Academies of Lexington, please contact:

Natalie Shepard

Partnership Manager, Business & Education Network