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Catie Park

Corps Grad ’07

Catie Park Catie grew up in Conway, South Carolina, and earned her B.A. in psychology with a minor in biology from The Citadel in 2007. During her time there, she served as Golf Company Human Affairs Officer, worked on the yearbook and volunteered with children with special needs. After graduating, Catie worked as a patient care tech at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in surgical oncology and then earned her master's degree at MUSC. She now practices inpatient and emergency psychiatry as a physician assistant. She is a clinical preceptor and gives lectures to students. Catie resides in Mount Pleasant with her dog, Bailey. She enjoys traveling the world.

What is your favorite memory from The Citadel?
Picture it: Charleston, May of 2006—staying up all night in the barracks, packed into an alcove with some of my favorite classmates, playing guitar, sharing stories and laughing nonstop; the smells of sweat, tobacco, brasso, and shoe shine; piles of laundry bags. We were talking about the future—discussing our dreams—and could not believe we would be seniors in three short months. Then someone opens the door and throws a water balloon. World War III starts. Crazy nights in the barracks will always top my list of Citadel stories.

What about your time at The Citadel had the most positive impact on your career or life?
The whole breaking-you-down-to-build-you-back-up part. Every day I have patients who are close to or already have hit rock bottom in one way or the other. Because of all the trials I endured at The Citadel, I am able to completely empathize with them and put myself in their shoes. Also, I treat my colleagues and co-workers how I would like to be treated. I will never forget the patience that my upperclassmen and classmates showed me when I struggled daily as a knob. They never gave up on me. I possess the virtue of patience with my coworkers and believe the best relationships are built from the bottom up.Catie-Park-2

The ability to multitask—juggling academics, human affairs officer duties, cadet activities, volunteering, and a social life—prepared me to be a successful physician assistant. I have my own patients and students, I give lectures, I hire and train new employees, and I am in charge of our department health initiative. My boss brags that I am her highest performer. Every doctor I work with, and just about anyone period, is amazed when I tell them that I graduated from The Citadel. Everyone knows what an accomplishment this is, especially for female cadets.

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