Some people call me Dr. O’Neal, but to my Motlow family, I’m just Casey.
I started college at Motlow’s McMinnville center as a dual enrollment student while in high school, but I eventually enrolled full-time in 2010 following my high school graduation. I was always asked, “Why would one of your school’s valedictorians enroll at Motlow?”
I honestly didn’t have an answer at that time, other than attending Motlow being a financially sound decision. Today, without a shadow of a doubt, I know it was because it was the best decision for my future goals, as the motto stated when I enrolled at Motlow – “My Motlow. My Future.”
Although I enrolled at Motlow to get an education, I received so much more than that. My Motlow experience helped shape what my future would become. While at Motlow, I joined the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society while assuming an officer position.
Through the Motlow academic curriculum and lessons learned from my involvement in PTK, I gained valuable leadership skills that I still use today. I also made personal connections that will last a lifetime. You hear it said that Motlow is a family, and I know that to be true. From instructors helping me when I was confused about a topic to staff members asking me about my day, I always felt uplifted and encouraged when entering the doors of Motlow’s McMinnville Center.
Graduating from Motlow in 2012 with my associate degree in hand, I transferred to Tennessee Technological University (TTU), where I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. I then enrolled at The University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center’s Pharmacy College, where I eventually graduated with my Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
I am currently employed as a Pharmacy Resident through CHI Memorial’s competitive pharmacy residency program in Chattanooga, as a fully registered pharmacist. Although it has been a while since I have taken a Motlow course, I still implement the skills learned from my Motlow experience while in contact with my coworkers and patients. I am thankful that I chose Motlow State to begin my higher education.