Assistant Director and Pathways Coordinator Katie Lardy, helps students prepare for grad school by practicing mock interviews, building their resumes, personal branding, job searching and research resources for researching graduate and professional programs that students might be interested in.
“I listen, I care, I educate myself on important topics in order to be able to provide the best advice to students I possibly can,” said Lardy.
Lardy also coordinates the Advantage Scholars Program, assisting students who are interested in pursuing a health profession. She instructs three one-credit courses supporting those students with their efforts of pursuing a health profession.
She also teaches Health Professions passport, an introductory course that provides students with a survey of health care careers, including pathways to prepare to enter those careers. She also teaches Intro to Clinical Practice, as well as Managing the Graduate School Application Process.
Students need to be discovering all of their options, emphasized Lardy and once they decide, they should read about it, talk to people in that field, volunteer and gain as much experience as they can. Then, it is important for the student to reflect on their experiences and evaluate how they feel about them.
If students get themselves into a field that they don’t actually like, then it is important that they keep trying to find the right fit for them.
Lardy also shared that it is imperative for students who are interested in one of Pacific’s graduate or professional programs, they reach out to the admissions counselor for that program.
Not only are those individuals the “keepers” of the most up-to-date and accurate information, but they also want to get to know the Pacific undergraduate students who are interested in their program.