P.J. Henson, Class of 2012

Posted on: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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by Monica Hoel
Medical Student: As a standout soccer player in high school, P.J. Henson, ’12, was pursued by university soccer programs across the U.S. After a car accident left him with extensive injuries that would require years of reconstructive surgery, the recruiting efforts stopped. With one exception: Emory & Henry.

As a standout soccer player in high school, P.J. Henson, ’12, was pursued by university soccer programs across the U.S. After a car accident left him with extensive injuries that would require years of reconstructive surgery, the recruiting efforts stopped. With one exception: Emory & Henry.

E&H coaches saw Henson’s potential as a leader and an excellent student-athlete. They just needed to convince Henson that Emory & Henry was the right place.

“The fact that they were willing to take a risk on me, knowing that I would most likely miss a lot of training as I recovered from surgeries, meant the world to me,” says Henson, a medical student at the Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. “When I visited the campus and met the team, I discovered a close knit, supportive group. I knew I wanted to be part of that.”

Henson found his professors to be just as dedicated to student success. A double major in biology and chemistry, Henson found his classes to be engaging and excellent preparation for medical school.

“The material presented was always relevant and applicable,” Henson says. “The classes were always interactive, including some self-learning, and frequently required critical thinking to assimilate and connect the vast content. I’ve been able to apply what I learned at Emory & Henry—both in the research lab and in medical school.”

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Current City: El Paso, Texas
Advanced education: Medical student at Texas Tech University’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Extra-curricular Activities at Emory & Henry:
Men’s Soccer Team, 4-year starting forward, 2-year captain
Pre-Health Professions Club
Beta Beta Beta, Biology Honor Society
American Chemical Society
Habitat for Humanity
Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
Tropical Biology Ambassador for Costa Rica