Student Perspectives: Erin Beasley

Date posted: November 15, 2012

CALS sophomore Erin Beasley is a whiz when it comes to words. The animal science major and aspiring veterinarian recently became national champion of a medical terminology competition held by HOSA, or Health Occupation Students of America.

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“I’ve always liked the origin of words and the history of words. And being able to piece certain word parts together was really fascinating to me. I also love anatomy and connecting all that together and being able to compete in it is really fun.

“My name is Erin Beasley. I’m an animal science major. I’m a sophomore student. I want to become a veterinarian.

“I’m in Wolfpack HOSA. HOSA stands for Health Occupation Students of America. It’s a national organization for high schools and colleges. And that’s who I competed with at the state leadership conference this year. This past June I went to HOSA’s national leadership conference in Orlando, Florida, and I became champion of their medical terminology competition.

“I’m also in prevet club, and prevet club offers a lot of different service activities and internships you can get involved with. Last year I was an intern at the Reptile Rescue of the Carolinas, and I was able to become a volunteer at Operation Catnip, which is a monthly spay-and-neuter clinic for feral cats. And I was also able to go to Costa Rica last spring break with a program called VIDA, and that helped with spaying and neuters of dogs and cats.

“Keeping up with involvement in school activities and being able to gain animal and veterinary experience — that’s my goal right now. And hopefully I’ll get into vet school in three years.”

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