May 2, 2018

Unapologetically Authentic — 2018 Senior Q&A


Alyssa Horton ’18, from Eden, N.C., will graduate with a Health Science and Biology double major. She’s the Vice President of the Guilford College chapter of TriBeta, the Biology National Honors Society. It’s no surprise, then, even with the high threshold of clinical hours required to apply, that she’s headed to a Physician Assistant Program right out of college. 
 

Be unapologetically you! Everyone is interesting and has value, regardless of what you think of yourself.

What are your post-graduation plans? 

I will be attending High Point University’s Physician Assistant program beginning in June.

What’s your favorite quote, joke, or saying?

“God is within her, she will not fail.”

What’s your favorite Guilford College memory?

Getting to “solve” a crime in the Crime Scene House on campus as part of my First Year Seminar. I love to watch forensic and police TV shows, so being able to actually go through the process was really fun and educational!


What’s the biggest lesson Guilford College has taught you?

Be unapologetically you! Everyone is interesting and has value, regardless of what you think of yourself. Trying to be someone you are not will only make you miserable and wish you had stayed true to yourself sooner.
 

From the first time I stepped onto campus, I felt at home.

Tell us about any faculty or staff mentors. What did they teach you?

One of the most helpful mentors throughout my time at Guilford has been Anne Glenn. She began working with me my sophomore year and helped me to plan my path to PA school. She was always there to answer questions, calm me down when I had freak-out moments and to lend advice. She helped me navigate the complicated application process, and has always been a big source of support both in and out of the classroom.

What are you reading, watching or playing right now?

I love to watch Netflix in my spare time! My all-time favorite TV show is Friends, but right now, I am obsessed with Longmire on Netflix. 

Why did you choose Guilford College? 

I chose Guilford because of the sense of community. From the first time I stepped onto campus, I felt at home. I knew that I wanted a small school where I could form relationships with my professors and where I could also challenge myself academically. Guilford has afforded me both those things. All of my professors have been extremely caring and helpful, and I feel that I am fully prepared to take on the rigors of a graduate level education.

How have you changed since you were a First Year and what role do you think Guilford College played in that transformation?

Since first year, I have become more confident in myself and outspoken in my ideas. Guilford has directly played a role in these changes because, in many classes, both in my majors and electives, I have been challenged to think critically, develop my own opinions and have been encouraged to share them.