CALS sophomore Erin Beasley is a whiz when it comes to words. The animal science major and aspiring veterinarian recently became national champion of a medical terminology competition held by HOSA, or Health Occupation Students of America.
“I’ve always liked the origin of words and the history of words. And being able to piece certain word parts together was really fascinating to me. I also love anatomy and connecting all that together and being able to compete in it is really fun.
“My name is Erin Beasley. I’m an animal science major. I’m a sophomore student. I want to become a veterinarian.
“I’m in Wolfpack HOSA. HOSA stands for Health Occupation Students of America. It’s a national organization for high schools and colleges. And that’s who I competed with at the state leadership conference this year. This past June I went to HOSA’s national leadership conference in Orlando, Florida, and I became champion of their medical terminology competition.
“I’m also in prevet club, and prevet club offers a lot of different service activities and internships you can get involved with. Last year I was an intern at the Reptile Rescue of the Carolinas, and I was able to become a volunteer at Operation Catnip, which is a monthly spay-and-neuter clinic for feral cats. And I was also able to go to Costa Rica last spring break with a program called VIDA, and that helped with spaying and neuters of dogs and cats.
“Keeping up with involvement in school activities and being able to gain animal and veterinary experience — that’s my goal right now. And hopefully I’ll get into vet school in three years.”