KU Black Alumni Network | Student Profile: Paige Whiteside, senior

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 in News

The Black Alumni Network’s e-newsletter regularly features profiles of interesting alumni and students. In the spring issue, get to know current student Paige Whiteside. If you have suggestions for future alumni or student profiles, please email kubac@kualumni.org.


When will you graduate? December 2015

Why did you choose KU? I knew that I wanted to attend college, but I honestly had no idea where I wanted to go. My mother got a job offer in Overland Park when I was a senior in high school and convinced me to apply to KU.

Where are you from? Jefferson City, Tennessee.

What are you studying? I’m majoring in biology with a pre-medical emphasis. I think what encouraged me to pursue a career in medicine was seeing numerous ailments and illnesses affecting the elderly, black community in my hometown.

What project of yours are you most proud of? I’m working with Tamara Baker, associate professor of psychology, to gain insight into health disparities killing African-American males in their 30s.

What are the top three things you love about being at KU?
1. Working with autistic children to help them develop social and communication skills has made me more patient with people and helped me understand that not every person thinks in the same manner.
2. One of my favorite organizations in which I have been involved is the Black Student Union. As vice chair of the Big XII Council on Black Student Government I received the Mordean Taylor Archer Most Outstanding Council Member of the Year Award.
3. I think attending an institution as prestigious as the University of Kansas drives me to be a better student and a better person. I have made friends and
colleagues pursuing amazing careers, and knowing they are striving to be successful makes me also work hard to be successful.

What do you think you’ll be doing in five years? Earning a master’s in public health with a focus in epidemiology is my immediate academic goal. I will choose an MPH program that will allow me to continue more research projects focused on closing the gap in health disparities. My ultimate goal is to apply to medical school and become a physician. I’m not exactly sure what my specialty will be, but I’m leaning towards geriatrics because I love working with the elderly.

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