Student Profiles - Allison Casola
Hometown: Bel Air, Md.
What made you want to attend Millersville University?
I wanted to attend Millersville University because I had the opportunity to play soccer and get a great education. I always knew I wanted to play soccer in college but needed to find the right school that would fit me academically. When I visited, I felt like the campus, the team and the biology department fit the bill, and that I could be a successful student-athlete here.
What do you like most about Millersville?
I love my team. They are hands-down my best friends and I know these are the girls that I will be friends with for the rest of my life.
Do you currently hold any on-campus jobs?
I am currently working in the office of Graduate and Professional Studies on campus but have also worked as a biology tutor during my sophomore and junior years.
Are you involved in any clubs or organizations on-campus?
I am a four-year member of the women’s soccer team, a member of the Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), Millersville Honors College and most recently, I was chosen to be a Walker Center for Civic and Community Engagement fellow.
What are you hoping to do with your degree post-graduation?
Post-graduation I want to go right to graduate school. I would like to get my master’s of Public Health with a focus in Community Health. One day I hope to become a professor.
What has been the highlight of your time at Millersville thus far?
The highlight of my time at Millersville thus far has to be playing soccer. I get to play the sport I love with my best friends. I have been blessed to be given that opportunity.
What made you want to pursue your current major?
I always knew I wanted to major in biology and eventually get into medical research. When I heard about the field of public health, I instantly knew that it would be a way for me take my background in biology and use it to educate and help in the community.
What are you looking forward to most in your career?
I am looking forward to working with others and educating individuals on common problems or situations that may arise regarding their health or healthcare within their communities. I know that I will have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.
How long have you been playing soccer?
I have been playing soccer for 16 years.
Have you traveled outside of the country before?
Yes, in high school I traveled to Costa Rica with my advanced placement biology teacher and some of my classmates for a travel-study trip. It was an amazing experience to walk through the rainforests, hike up a volcano, go white water rafting and observe first-hand the beautiful scenery and wildlife.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
To relax! My mom tells me this every day. She says that if you work hard and do the best you can do, there is no use in worrying.
Have you won any honors or awards?
I am a STEM Scholarship recipient. This award is given to students in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Do you have a favorite class and/ or professor?
My two favorite classes included Dr. Ladd’s Immunology class and Dr. Cebra-Thomas’s “Developmental Biology” class. I found Immunology so interesting; it is so cool how our body works to fight off the smallest invaders. In “Developmental Biology,” we learned about the complexity of development of different organisms and we created our own research projects. My group and I worked to observe the effects of ethanol on developing chick embryos. Both Dr. Ladd and Dr. Cebra-Thomas are my favorite professors.
What is the most monumental thing you’ve learned during your time here?
During my time here, I have learned how essential time management is. It will make you or break you. Being a student-athlete, I travel a lot. There are some away game trips when we will leave on a Thursday afternoon and come home at 2 a.m. on Sunday. I have been able to force myself to do my school work on the team bus, in hotel rooms and in the locker room. I’ve been known to study in the oddest of places, and my team makes fun of me for it.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I love to run and go to the gym, and cook and bake with my roommates.
What is something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
People would be surprised to know that I love to watch sports as much as I love to play them! I am a huge football fan, and love the New York Giants.
How has Millersville helped you to succeed?
Millersville has allowed me to do everything that I wanted. I wanted to play soccer, get a degree in biology, and be prepared for graduate school. I was able to get to know my professors and form bonds with them and I found an amazing group of friends. I know that after I graduate I will be ready for anything life throws at me, thanks to Millersville.