From Collecting Intelligence to Collecting Blood
Published on August 27, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman
(MERIDIAN) For Paul Dillon, this is finally it. The medical assistant student is finally on the path to the career of his dreams. He took a roundabout way of getting to this point, and now that he is here, he is moving full speed ahead. Since starting his studies at the Broadview University-Boise campus, Dillon has seized the opportunity to turn his military background as a human intelligence collector into his true love of science. He has made such an impact on his program that he recently earned the honor of being named Student of the Quarter for Spring 2013.
Dillon started his studies at Broadview University in January with experience from two military branches under his belt. He originally enlisted in the U.S. Army in the ’80s as an infantryman. He left the Army after a few years then returned to duty after the September 11 terrorist attacks. He voluntarily entered the U.S. Navy as a reservist and then later decided to reenlist in the Army.
“I always wanted to be in the medical field,” Dillon said, “but I could never get in. The first time I went into the military I ended up in the infantry. The second time I worked in counter intelligence. But I am fascinated by science and the human body the most.”
With 10 years of combined active and reserve service, Dillon left the military and decided to return home to go to school in order to pursue his true passion. For him, home is the Treasure Valley. He is from Nampa and graduated from high school in Boise. Upon his return to the area in November, he began investigating schools and became instantly impressed with Broadview University’s military-friendly environment.
“My first quarter here amazed me,” he said. “Anytime I asked a question, I got an immediate answer. I like the teacher-student ratio and the learning environment is great.”
In addition to earning good grades and having great attendance, Dillon has had quite an impact on his program and fellow students. He is currently spearheading the effort to get the school’s first medical assistant student group up and running. He said he took action to get it going based on the students’ desire for a study group. So far, the group has continued to grow.
“While I am here, my goal is to provide fellow students with support and mentorship opportunities,” he said. “The medical field is exciting. I chose it because I like the thought that what I’ve done that day made a difference. Hopefully, I will be able to add some value down the road.”
For Dillon’s Student of the Quarter perks, he received some Broadview University gear, free books for a quarter, the honorary parking spot near the campus’s front door, and, of course, bragging rights.