The Exit Interview: Glen Thomas '15
Doane students have a knack for finding their path through the myriad of activities and classes they're involved in, so student blogger Emily Hallstrom '16 is sitting down with members of the Class of 2015 to ask them five questions—call it their "The Exit Interview."
Name: Glen Thomas
Major: Biology | Minor: Chemistry
Activities: Work study for the biology department; biology teaching assistant; Campus Crusade for Christ; Hour of Power; president of Doane’s Cardinal Key National Honor Society chapter; helps with Doane Theatre; clarinet player in Doane Band.
Emily Hallstrom: What are your plans for after graduation?
Glen Thomas: I have been accepted into the veterinary college of Iowa State and into their contract program with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. So I will be spending two years in Lincoln studying veterinary medicine and then I’ll transfer to Iowa State for another two years to finish up.
EH: How did you get this opportunity?
GT: I’ve been pursuing veterinary medicine since high school. It’s just been something I’ve been looking forward to doing. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a vet clinic in Omaha; they’ve been really influential in helping me stay on the path to veterinary medicine. The doctor there has been kind enough to write numerous reference letters for me.
The professors at Doane have also been a great help. They’ve been very encouraging and have helped me when I needed help. They’ve also been a job source for me through the work study department. Having the opportunity to be a teaching assistant and work as a work study, I’ve learned a lot of lab skills and leadership skills. I think all of that has accumulated to help me get accepted and have this opportunity.
EH: What faculty played a strong role in getting you here?
GT: Dr. Barb Clement has been the most influential. She’s been the one I’ve worked closest with as far as work study and research. By working with her, I’ve developed a lot of independent thinking skills, like how to overcome challenges quickly, how to get other people to become their own and how to get them to look at things from new angles.
Another very influential professor has been Dr. Ramesh Laungani, my advisor. He’s always been encouraging and understanding about how busy we are as students. He knows firsthand that we try to make ourselves look perfect on paper, but in reality we have to take mental days off sometimes.
EH: Where do you want to take this opportunity long term?
GT: I want to be a small animal clinician. I would like to have a job in a clinic somewhere working on small companion animals. When I was in high school, my cat was my inspiration to become a vet. The very first time I thought about being a vet, he had contracted some sort of illness. We woke up one day and he wouldn’t move from this one spot, so we put him on my bed and left for church. We came back and he still hadn’t moved from that spot. So we took him to the vet, he stayed the night and was back to normal the next day. That strode me down the path of thinking about it, and then about a year later, he had a stroke and we had to put him down. I was bawling my eyes out, and I thought "I’m a senior in high school, a man, and I’m bawling my eyes out for this cat!" Now what if there's a kid out there who’s had a dog for his entire life? Pets are family members and I think it’s just as important that there are people out there to look after them just as there are doctors to look out for humans.
EH: How did Doane prepare you for this opportunity in and outside of the classroom?
GT: I think Doane does a great job of making you a well-rounded person. You don’t just learn your one discipline. You learn both your area of study as well as how to be a good human being. You can get involved in activities that make you look at all different areas of life. There are so many things to be involved in like religious groups, sports, performing arts, student media. You can really explore how to look at life from all these different ways, not just how you prepare for a job. It’s a college, not a university. It’s a place where you can grow as a person as well as grow within your field of study.