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Class of 2012 takes promising first steps after graduating from Willamette

Bartholomew Grabman

  • Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Major: Biology
  • After graduation: Attending OHSU-OIT Paramedic Education Program
  • Senior thesis: "Factors that Affect Response Time in Collegiate-Based EMS"
  • Activities and Honors: Willamette University Emergency Medical Services (WEMS) Executive Board member and supervisor, track and cross country athlete

What are you doing after graduation, and what’s your overall career goal?

During my time at Willamette, I worked extensively with WEMS, which allowed me to develop a passion for emergency medicine and working directly with patients. Because of my experiences here, I will be attending the OHSU-OIT Paramedic Education Program in Portland, Ore.

After an intensive one-year program, I will be certified as a paramedic, and hope to return home to Alaska to work as a firefighter/paramedic. Eventually, I plan to apply for medical school and study emergency medicine.

What do you value the most about your Willamette experience?

The faculty at Willamette are invaluable. The professors here constantly challenged me to think critically by improving my arguments and clarifying my thoughts, both in class and elsewhere. Because of this, the last four years have made me more comfortable working with others, more confident in my own abilities, and a better leader. Without the encouragement and support of the faculty at Willamette, I don’t think I’d be where I am today. Applying the skills I’ve learned here will make me a better doctor in the future.

What will you miss about Willamette?

More than anything, I’ll miss the people. People at Willamette are excited and enthusiastic and are always willing to offer help whenever you need it. Whether it’s a professor staying late after class to help explain a complicated topic, or another student helping move things in to the dorms, I think the people at Willamette are what make it a great school.