From Johnston, Rhode island, Anthony DiMauro ’19 is the university’s first graduating student to be accepted to JWU’s highly competitive Physician’s Assistant Studies (PA) program. Part of JWU's first Biology major cohort, DiMauro has worked incredibly hard both in and out of the classroom – graduating with honors in a very challenging major, all while volunteering as a high school wrestling coach and working as an EMT and a student assistant in the Center for Physician Assistant Studies.
1. Where is your favorite spot in or near campus to work, read or study?
The study rooms at the Bowen Center are always a comfortable place for me to study. The rooms are clean, quiet and spacious. The Library, dining halls, and other academic buildings are great alternatives for getting assignments done.
2. What one word would you use to describe yourself?
Lucky – I am lucky that I have such a loving family that motivates me to be the best I can be. I am lucky that I was able to attend such a wonderful university with such dedicated faculty. Getting into PA school was definitely a well-earned achievement from years of hard work. It would not have been possible if I wasn’t blessed with great opportunities and the people in my life.
3. What is the best class you have ever taken, and what skills or lessons did you learn that you still use today?
Organic chemistry was definitely the most challenging course I have ever taken. Not only was I challenged with learning the course content but also figuring out new study skills. I tried rewriting notes, making flashcards, writing on white boards, and using online study programs. I ultimately learned that sticking to a study schedule is sometimes the only way to process an abundance of difficult information. It was one of those classes that forced you to study smarter, not harder.
4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I have received a lot of advice and guidance from friends, family, and JWU faculty throughout my undergraduate years. The best advice I ever received is to “embrace the grind.” It was very challenging and stressful at times to balance academics and a social life. The past four years flew by, and I am grateful for those experiences.
5. What’s your favorite thing about JWU?
My favorite thing about JWU is the faculty. Specifically, I have always admired how knowledgeable they are in their own respective fields. My professors always went the extra mile to help me be successful. They truly care about their students and always go above and beyond for them. I am looking forward to learning from the JWU faculty who teach in the PA program.