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Bret Gordon, MDS Student Spotlight
Student Spotlight:  Bret Gordon, MDS Graduate

How did you find the MDS program?

I heard about the program through my Mom. I was interested initially, but after I met with Alexis Kenyon and Rebecca Morgan I knew I had found the major for me. I left their office feeling motivated to take on the journey that lied ahead.

Why did you choose MDS?

MDS allowed me to tailor a curriculum to achieve my goals as an undergraduate and my aspirations for the future. I was personally invested in my classes because I I chose each one, and knew exactly why they were important.

How would you say that MDS is different from other degree programs?

Every student will earn a degree that is unique to them. You know exactly why each class is important, unlike a student who follows a predetermined path in a traditional major. The MDS program gives you structure and enough direction to reach your ultimate goal of getting your college degree but also allows you to explore interests that will enhance your undergraduate experience.

Did you take your courses online or on campus?

I took nearly all my classes on campus.

Why was it important for you to finish what you started?

Finishing my college education has reinvigorated my desire to learn and has given me something that nobody can ever take away.

What are your plans after you complete the MDS degree?

I will work for the Idaho City Hotshots immediately following my graduation from BSU, then I will apply to either a Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant program.

What are you passionate about? How have you been able to incorporate your passions into your degree?

I am passionate about personal health and the science behind understanding it. In my MDS program, I was able to continue building a foundation of scientific knowledge by taking courses such as organic and biochemistry, kinesiology, applied anatomy, nutrition and minored in psychology.

What advice can you give to a current or future MDS student?


Don’t let your past experiences in pursuit of a college degree dictate your future. Put all your chips on the table and let yourself get caught up in your classes.

What was your greatest challenge during the MDS program and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge for me was getting familiar with the routine within each class. Navigating through BlackBoard and knowing where to print off your notes on campus can be daunting at first, but there are a lot of people who can point you in the right direction. All you have to do is ask!

What extracurricular activities were you involved in?

I was fortunate enough to volunteer for the non-profit organization Create Common Good through my service learning affiliation with Boise State and the MDS program. Throughout my time at BSU, I volunteered over 50 hours of service and produced a research paper and brochure for future use within the organization for my capstone project.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

Many would be surprised to know that I was a scholarship athlete during my initial college experience in Eastern Oregon. I was also born in Miami Florida of all places, which few would guess based on my love of the outdoors and wide open spaces.