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Gerontology Student Spotlight

Read about some of WKU's Gerontology students below.  As you will see, students become interested in the study of aging for a variety of reasons, and aging is relevant to almost all areas of study and careers! Be sure to check out our current students, listed below, as well as our alumni!

Current Student Successes

  • Laura Allen
    My name is Laura Allen, and I am majoring in Healthcare Administration. I have always been interested in working with the elderly, but I knew that I wanted a career in aging after working as a nurse aide at a Personal Care Home one summer. As of right now, I plan to work as an administrator in some type of long-term care facility or aging area of a hospital. My minor in Gerontology is very important so that I can learn about the aging process and the different ways of working with the elderly that can be applied in my career. I am also working toward taking classes to get a Long-Term Care Administration Certificate that is offered here at WKU. Working with the elderly is my passion and I am excited to see it grow as I take more classes in the Gerontology minor.

  • Megan Sircy
    My name is Megan Sircy and I am majoring in Health Care Administration. I intend to go straight into grad school for my master's degree in health care administration. This minor will help me interact and understand my residents' needs when I am an administrator in a nursing home.

  • Naomi Driessnack
    My name is Naomi Driessnack and I am majoring in Photojournalism and minoring in Gerontology and Sales. My interest in aging began when I volunteered to help with a "Senior Prom" in high school. I got to meet with a committee at a retirement home for a couple of weeks to plan a dance at the end of the spring. I had so much fun getting to meet each person that I worked with and to hear each of their stories. The fun I had with the senior committee made me always look for outlets to work with older people, no matter where I am. After I graduate I hope to be an editor of a magazine, and it is my goal to illustrate the stories around the world that lead to a sympathetic understanding that crosses cultural divides and connects people based on basic human truths. One basic and important human truth is that everyone ages. A minor in Gerontology is preparing me with a basis of knowledge to uncover how older adults can thrive.

  • Rilee Mathews
    My name is Rilee Mathews, and I am currently a sophomore majoring in psychology. I became interested in aging after seeing members of my family cope with debilitating neurological disorders. After graduating, my goal is to work with elderly patients with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. I recently added Gerontology as my minor to further my understanding of the aging process. I can already see that this minor will greatly benefit my future career plans.

  • Hannah Ruggles

    My name is Hannah Ruggles and I am majoring in Chemistry with a Pre-Medicine Concentration and Gerontology minor.  Working as a pharmacy technician is what initially alerted me to the special needs of the senior population. The relationships I formed with seniors at the pharmacy inspired me to pursue a career in geriatric medicine. My Gerontology minor has allowed me to explore the multifaceted area of aging. Everyone will experience aging at some point in their life and it can only benefit you to learn more about it now, rather than later.








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 Last Modified 7/13/15