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Senior Interview with Paige Chalk

By Cassie Harris

GC: What major are you graduating with?

Paige: I’ll get my undergraduate in biology and my M.A. in orthopedic regulatory.

GC: What attracted you to Grace College?

Paige: Originally I wanted to be a nurse, so the premedical program first drew my attention. However, my senior year of high school, I changed my mind, but still wanted to go into science. A good family friend told me about the orthopedic master’s program, which only Grace offers, so that settled it!

GC: What’s a favorite memory of your time at Grace?

Paige: It would have to be random moments of down-time where I got to hang out with my friends. Things like taking unplanned adventures, late-night study sessions with friends, ordering pizza at 1 a.m., going to the store with friends, getting Steak ‘n’ Shake after the gym (which is literally pointless). Overall, simply enjoying where I was at and who I was with.

GC: What was one of the most fulfilling experiences you had while here?

Paige: Playing JV volleyball — hands down. My coach was amazing, and probably one of the most influential people in my life during college. She constantly pushed me to do my best, be my best and reassured my efforts. She saw my leadership potential, my gifts as an individual and gave me a platform to grow. It challenged me and stretched me in every capacity, but I truly don’t believe I would have grown as much as I have, or be the person I am today, without having been involved in athletics.

GC: If you could give any advice to underclassmen, what would it be?

Paige: Slow down. You will have your whole life to work. You will have your whole life to be an adult. But right now, you’re in a unique time of your life where you’re a full-time adult and full-time student. So, focus on still being a student. Don’t wish away your time here because it will go by incredibly quickly. Also, don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re going to make mistakes, stupid mistakes, but don’t beat yourself up over them. Rather, learn from them, accept your humanness, and see it as an opportunity to grow! At the end of the day, the world is going to keep turning regardless of what you have or haven’t done. And ultimately God is still in control and nothing you do will ruin the plan He has for your life. So rest in Him, take a deep breath, and just enjoy it while you’re here. 🙂

GC: What’s next for you after graduation?

Paige: Right now, I’m planning on starting full-time at Tecomet and gain experience in my field of study. I am also hoping to find a part-time position as an assistant volleyball coach somewhere in the area. Im getting married in the fall, so any spare time is spent planning that.

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