Student Profile: Callie Revels

We have another student profile for you! Today, we feature Hillsboro High School alum Callie Revels!

-Where did you grow up? Where did you graduate from high school?

My name is Callie Revels and I was born and raised in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. 

-What is your program, and why did you choose it?

I’m in the paramedic program at Western. I work at Tri-State Ambulance as an EMT. When it came time to make the decision on whether or not I should/could continue education and become a paramedic, I thought to myself, “With all of the knowledge, skills, and experience I have surrounding me nearly every day it would almost be a bad decision NOT to.” I’ve had such a strong support group throughout this endeavor, both medics and management. I can’t express my thanks enough to all of my coworkers/preceptors.

-Who has been your favorite instructor at Western?

As for favorite instructors, I liked them all equally but differently.
Deb Slaby has a passion for teaching and her excitement and encouragement is infectious. When the class starting picking up on cardiology, she would get SO excited! It was amazing and I drank up every moment.

Tim Kolonic usually had dad jokes before starting lecture…real groaners.
But in all seriousness, Tim has a nack for setting up scenarios and MCI’s. He was more than happy/willing to answer any questions or concerns you may have had even if you were in the middle of an assessment. Our PHTLS training at Fort McCoy was amazing. The instructors were incredibly knowledgeable and the simulations were quite impressive. Word of advice: Don’t be gentle with the tourniquit or the leg will most definitely not stop bleeding.

Marc is the TA for the program. I’ve never seen someone go so far above and beyond for a subject matter. He truly, truly loves what he does and loves teaching. Full of surprises. For example: “Come here. I’ve got something to show you.” And as we enter the room, a set of pig lungs are set up and Marc is ready to demonstrate what peep does. Who has pig lungs just laying around in their office?? Marc. That’s who.

Although I didn’t have much classroom time with Jen Brigson, she has left a lasting impression on me. Her personality was electric. She charged up the room with her energy and spirit for the subject. Jen has a way of taking the most complex subject and putting into words and situations that anyone can understand. And although she has moved on to another direction within her field, I won’t soon forget what and how she taught.

-What do you like about Western?

Western was a no-brainer choice for me. It’s close and convenient. I’ve done all of my certifications through Western and having all of my records in one location is important to me. Every question I had regarding enrollment, financial aid, or just anything in general, were answered in a very timely manner. I never had to wait long for an email response or for a phone call to be answered.
The groups, the volunteer opportunities, the activities; it’s a never-ending adventure.

-Future career goals? 

My future career goals are very much “in the future”. I have considered critical care paramedic after I get a few years of paramedic experience under my stethoscope. I have a few other thoughts and possibilities. If I can be even a fraction as good as the medics I work with, the possibilities for growth and opportunity could be limitless.

-Advice for future students? 

Good decision in deciding to come to WTC for your educational goals. Make the most of your time here. Experience all this place has to offer! Join the clubs, volunteer with your peers, participate in the activities. This is YOUR time. Have fun with it!

Everything you are feeling, sensing, experiencing, is completely normal. You’ll have the “I’m never going to get this” moments followed by what’s called the “Ah-HA!” moments. (Those are my favorite). Utilize your resources.
Enter every portion of your clinical experience with open minds, open hearts, and as many questions as you can. If you go into a clinical thinking it’s going to be the worst experience of your life, it will be. Don’t do that to yourself.
If at any point you feel like you’re the only one who’s confused–trust me. You aren’t. Everyone around you is experiencing the exact same thing. They may be expressing it differently, but rest assured. It’s all going to make sense in the end.

Thank you so much for sharing, Callie!