Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Pre-Health Professions Track: Pre-Medicine (Honors-in-Discipline Psychology with a Health Professions Concentration)
Parker originally chose ETSU because of its medical school, but has since grown to appreciate the seclusion of ETSU from the rest of Johnson City, the beautiful campus, and friendly environment. His advice for incoming pre-health professions students is not to be afraid to reach out to someone when you’re struggling. Parker came to ETSU with almost 60 hours of college credit and felt prepared for and accustomed to the rigorous classes. Yet, the first year of college away from home offered many difficulties that inevitably come from learning to be an adult along the enormous amount of stress that comes along with being a pre-health student. He suggests finding healthy ways to cope with those obstacles. “If I had to sum up all of my wisdom from my college experience so far,” said Parker, “It would be learn to not procrastinate and you will definitely thank yourself later.” Parker's extracurricular activities include the Pre-Health Living-Learning Community, American Medical Student Association, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Honors Society, Tutoring, Sigma Chi, Volunteering at church, Infant Cognitive Development Lab, and working on his honors thesis.