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Student Spotlight: Grace McPhail

Grace McPhailWhat is your major?

Where are you from?
Long Beach, Washington

What is your tribal affiliation?
Chickasaw Nation

Tell us about your academic/career goals or why you chose your career path.
I’ve always felt limited in what I could do for others in previous jobs, volunteer experiences, etc. – I think that medicine will put me in the best place to heal and care for people where they are and to the fullest extent of my ability. I’m currently interested in practicing in internal medicine and emergency medicine.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
I like the Fresh Plate cafeteria in SAC – they have really good snickerdoodles!

What advice do you have for incoming students?
It is totally OK to feel overwhelmed and out of place or to doubt yourself as you go – just take it one day at a time! And don’t forget to do things you enjoy outside of school!

What three traits define you?
Resilience, compassion, determination

How do you define success?
I’m still trying to figure this one out.

What are you doing right now to help propel you toward continued academic or career success?
Just trying to make it through my first term of medical school!

What would you name the autobiography of your life?
What a Mess, But Here We Are

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
I’m either watching Netflix (currently Peaky Blinders and Schitt’s Creek) or lifting weights at the gym!

What does it mean to you to be a WSU Cougar?
It means that I’m surrounded by like-minded students looking to make our state a better place.

Who or what has made the most meaningful impacts or differences in helping you succeed?
My parents and my sister have been incredible – no matter where I go or what I do, they will love, accept, and support me. I’m also very grateful for Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, who sets the bar for Native student advocacy and inspires me to do the same.