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August 11, 2023

Support for pre-health, pre-vet and pre-law students

Submitted by Pre-Professional Advising Center

The demand for health care professionals and lawyers is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Pre-Professional Advising Center opened in January and provides centralized academic advising and programming to help students become more competitive applicants for professional programs.

Learn more below about staffing updates, fall programs and an August open house.

New pre-professional staff: The center recently hired new staff to advise students in pre-medicine and pre-physician assistant plans at K-State. Taylor Gnagi served at Johnson County Community College as a success advocate before her most recent role in the Career Center as a career advisor and instructor. Bryanna Williams joins the team after experience working for Cerner Corporation as a consulting analyst as well as in multiple roles in the College of Business Administration, including academic advisor and career coach. Annie Wehling will begin her master's program in couple and family therapy and serve in a graduate assistant role. The pre-professional advising team welcomes the opportunity to visit your classrooms or student groups to discuss topics relevant to pre-health, pre-law and pre-vet. To review a full list of the pre-professional advising team, specific populations served and contact information, please visit the website.

Professional and Graduate School Fair: In partnership with the Graduate School and Career Center, the Professional and Graduate School Fair is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the K-State Student Union. According to K-State's post-graduation statistics, nearly 20% of students pursue higher education upon graduation. Students of all academic classifications are encouraged to attend the event for a variety of reasons, including to:

  • Get early exposure to graduate and professional programs — health, law and more — and the opportunity to explore career options.
  • Gather information directly from admissions representatives about how to become competitive applicants for specific schools and programs.
  • Practice answering admissions representatives' questions, which will help them as they enter interview cycles.

If you are teaching a course this fall, you're invited to offer students extra credit, require attendance, or find another option that suits your course better to encourage students in your class to come to the fair. Options are available to verify student attendance. Additional pre-professional programming updates will be announced soon to include details about Pop-Up Advising, Health Mock Interviews and Constitution Day on Sept. 19.

Pre-Professional Advising Center Open House: Partnerships and collaboration with faculty and staff across the university are critical to the Pre-Professional Advising Center's service to students. The university community is invited to an open house from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, on the first floor of the Berney Family Welcome Center where you can:

  • Meet the Pre-Professional Advising Center team. 
  • Discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnership. 
  • Converse about advising pre-health, pre-law, and pre-vet students.

This is a come-and-go event and light refreshments will be provided.