By Desiree Williams
Mackenzie Stephens graduated from Fishers High School in 2013. After graduating from Ball State University in December 2017 with a degree in biology, she enrolled in graduate school at Marietta College in Ohio to become a physician assistant, which she will complete in July 2020.
Q: What was your favorite subject in high school?
A: I really enjoyed my science courses, especially anatomy. In high school I hadn’t decided on a major, but after taking anatomy, I knew I wanted to be involved in the medical field.
Q: Who was your most influential high school teacher?
A: My most influential teacher was Kelli Jacobs. I always enjoyed going to her creative writing class because of her positive energy. She really took the time to get to know her students and taught me to go out of my comfort zone when it came to writing.
Q: What were you involved in during high school?
A: I was involved in soccer and cross country. During my senior year, I got a job as a soccer coach at Off the Wall Sports in Carmel. I was able to teach kids 18 months to 12 years old, which was such a unique experience.
Q: What do you miss about high school?
A: I miss the friendships I had in high school. Now that we have all graduated, (the) majority of us are at full-time jobs or living in different states. I also miss the cafeteria chocolate chip cookies.
Q: Can you tell me about your college experience?
A: I attended Ball State University as a nursing major. During my junior year, I changed my major to biology to pursue a career as a physician assistant. Throughout my four years of undergraduate, I was involved in a sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. This organization gave me the opportunity to branch out and help my community. I graduated (from) Ball State in December 2017 and began my journey as a physician assistant student in June 2018.
Q: Why did you choose to major in biology?
A: I have always loved biology. I thought it would best suit my career path as a physician assistant. My concentration was in general biology, but I took a lot of molecular biology courses. The microscopic aspect of the human body is so interesting.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: Ever since I took a cancer biology course as BSU, I have wanted to go into oncology. My dream job would be to work as a (physician assisitant) in an oncology unit in Indianapolis.
Q: Do you have any advice for younger students?
A: The best advice I could give is to start job shadowing and getting involved in organizations early. Volunteering is also a great way to get out in the community while finding your passions.