From People to Pets, Opportunity Knocks Twice
Published on June 14, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman
(MERIDIAN) For the past two years, Paige Hill has steadily worked to achieve her dreams. Between being a full-time student, community volunteer, and holding down a job, the Broadview University-Boise student’s ability to excel academically and professionally has earned her the honor of being named Student of the Quarter for winter quarter.
Hill, a student in the veterinary technology program, loves the path she is on. She grew up on a family-owned hobby farm and feed mill in Mud Lake, Idaho, and spent the first 11 years of her life there. Her family then moved to Washington State and that is where she stayed for several years. Even though she has been around animals all of her life, she did not start out in veterinary medicine.
“I always wanted to work in vet medicine,” she says,” but I got horrible grades and did not like school at all.”
So she went another direction.
“I thought I wanted to go into nursing,” she says, “but after being wait-listed for a year and a half, I decided to work full time. I did elder care and hospice care, then decided to return to Idaho in 2007 to help a relative.”
Even health care is not the only path Hill chose. Along with being a caregiver, she has worked as a waitress and has an associate degree in childhood education. But she says something didn’t feel quite right to her. Then, opportunity knocked.
“When Broadview University opened up [in 2011], it was a blessing—the best thing ever,” she says. “I was finally motivated and I really wanted to succeed.”
She quickly enrolled at the Boise campus and started classes in April 2011. It was her second time around with education and she finally found her drive.
“I am now what I always wanted to be. It is the second best thing to being a veterinarian,” she says.
Hill is set to graduate with honors in mid-June with an associate degree in veterinary technology. In her spare time, she is an active community volunteer. Among the many things she does, she collects dog food and donates it. She also makes fleece blankets for clinics to give to people who have to have their pets euthanized.
“Pets are such a big part of peoples’ lives,” she says. “I do everything I can to make people feel better. It’s the little things that make it easier for people.”
Hill recently completed her externship at Meridian Veterinary Hospital. She has seven “furr” babies and is the proud owner of one “water” baby—a fish.
For her “Student of the Quarter” perks, Hill received a Broadview University sweat suit, the honorary parking spot (which is designated near the campus’s front door), free books for one quarter, and, of course, bragging rights.