Name: Meredith Hoefert Wessler ’09
Current job position (or additional field of study) and where:
Physician Assistant at Vita Center for Women in Decatur
Why did you choose MU?
I liked the fact that it was only about two hours from my hometown. My dad attended Millikin about 25 years before me, and I remember visiting MU as a child and being in awe of the beautiful campus. When I visited again as a senior in high school, Millikin seemed like a great fit. It didn’t hurt that I ended up marrying my tour guide! I met my husband in 2004 during my college tour, and we got married in 2011.
What activities did you participate in as a student?
I joined Delta Delta Delta as a freshman, and I served in a leadership position in the sorority. I was also an orientation leader.
Who was your most memorable MU professor and why?
I learned a great deal from all of my professors, but if I had to choose one, I would choose Dr. Marianne Robertson, professor of biology. She taught with so much energy and passion that her classes became my favorites. She also took time to get to know her students, which made me feel even more invested in her classes. I still remember so much of what she taught during that time.
What is your most memorable MU experience?
Graduating. Knowing that my time as a college student was over was such a mix of emotions. I felt excited about what was to come, proud of what I had accomplished and sad that my time as a college student at Millikin was over.
What is one concept you learned at Millikin that you use in your work regularly?
I learned to accept and value people from different backgrounds. Millikin had a very diverse student population, and this prepared me to be more understanding and appreciative of people with different personalities and upbringings.
What do you enjoy most about your current job?
I love going to work knowing that I will hopefully help my patients feel better physically and mentally. I love listening to people and helping them to solve their problems and complaints. It is such a rewarding experience, and it reinforces why I chose the occupation that I did.
What have you done that you are most proud of since graduating from MU?
I began graduate school 10 days after I graduated from Millikin, and I received my master’s degree in physician assistant studies just 27 months later. I am proud to have chosen a profession that I thoroughly enjoy and to recognize how much hard work was involved in arriving at this point in my life.
Where do you hope to be five years from now?
I hope to still be practicing as a physician assistant at my current office. I recognize how lucky I am to look forward to going to work every day. I want to continue feeling that way until I retire many years from now.
What advice would you give to current Millikin students about preparing for life after graduation?
I would encourage students to appreciate this time in their lives and to not get too overwhelmed with the stress of finding the perfect job or planning their entire future immediately. Enjoy your time as a young adult, and accept the fact that you don’t have to have life figured out just yet!
Want to be spotlighted as the "Young Alum of the Month?" We are seeking recommendations and self-nominations for outstanding young alumni who have demonstrated innovative and responsible professional leadership and have the potential for future success. Email Jaclyn Weisenborn ’09, associate director of alumni engagement, with a short write-up of why you or your nominee should be considered for this profile. Please include a list of successes and achievements in your nomination, and attach a portrait or headshot (if available). One alum will be featured each month in MY Times.