Oasis Academy College Prep 2017 Alumni Alyssa Stockard is beginning her second year at one of the top-ranked medical schools in the country, the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.
Graduating with both her Associate of Science degree from Western Nevada College and at the top of her class from Oasis Academy College Prep, Stockard was well prepared for the transition to Brigham Young University. Her experiences as a WNC student while in high school challenged her and helped her learn how to navigate college classes.
During her time at BYU, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. Stockard graduated as valedictorian of her Neuroscience major, and she attributes some of her success to experiencing college courses and earning her AS degree at WNC as a high school student.
This science - focused student thrived in WNC’s science classes, then received valuable lab experience in her field while at BYU. “My favorite part of my undergrad studies was working as a researcher in a neuroscience lab during college, where I spent a lot of time looking at neurons under a microscope,” said Stockard. Having research experience as an undergraduate student helped Stockard solidify her plans to continue her education by attending medical school.
“Take advantage of the resources available to you as a student! There are many opportunities available to you at Oasis, WNC, and beyond. Have fun and learn about things that interest you, even if they aren't directly related to the field you plan to pursue,” continued Stockard.
As she works toward her medical degree, the next steps include graduating from medical school and beginning a residency program to train in a specific area of medicine. “I don't know what medical specialty I want to do yet, but in a year or two I hope to have a better idea!”
Stockard also has sound advice for both current and future students. “Take it day by day and consistently work toward your goals. Remember that most goals are achieved little by little, not all at once. You might be surprised what you can accomplish with consistent effort over time.”