Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Recent Vol State Grad Pursues Medical School

Do you ever wonder where your Vol State degree could lead you?

Bill Pham is one whom we’ve kept tabs on since he was named the Vol State Outstanding Graduate in 2015 and received Summa Cum Laude Honors. Bill went on to study Biological Sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville where he became one of three Top Graduates in the Natural Sciences Division of the College of Arts and Sciences in the fall of 2018.

He gave much credit to his professors and to the staff of TRIO Student Support Services.

“Wow, they helped me a lot. The belief that my professors put into me at Volunteer State Community College was not a fluke. They inspired me to do better,” he said.

Bill spent much of his time at Vol State tutoring for both TRIO and the Learning Commons in anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

“The time I worked as a tutor in TRIO and Learning Commons was one of the best times for me. I learned a lot from the students and I taught them things they had trouble with, I loved it. It taught me how to communicate with people and see what they really need help on. Also, we shared a lot of stories.”

During his time at Vol State, his love for mathematics landed him first place in two competitions held by the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC.)

“Would it be weird if I said I like to do math in my free time?” he laughed. “If I didn’t follow my biological science major, I would want to be a mathematician.”

However, Bill is indeed following his passion for biological science and one of his earliest inspirations is quite unusual.

“One of my interests, embarrassingly and also proudly, is Pokémon. It helped me learn. It kind of gave me an interest in biology because some of the inspiration behind the Pokémon comes from real animals.”

Bill is currently focused on studying for the MCAT with the goal of going to medical school; he currently plans to study rheumatology or internal medicine.

-By Rachel Keyes

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