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Doug Olsen

Doug Olsen

Physical Education, 1985
Paramedic for Presence Covenant Medical Center & Gibson Hospital
Mahomet, IL


What do you do in your current job and what do you enjoy about it?
My main job is being a paramedic for two different ambulance companies. I enjoy helping people who are sometimes in harrowing situations. There have been many times when I have helped people by ministering to them in their great time of need, including praying with patients. I have even helped in a couple of deathbed conversions. Knowing that God is ultimately in charge gives me perspective as I help my patients and their families.

How did your Judson experience influence you professionally? What were your favorite parts of being a Judson student?
I enjoyed my time at Judson. I was an RA for 2 years and had the opportunity to become close to many people due to that role. As I help teach either paramedic students, or ACLS and CPR classes, the educational methods that I learned at Judson help me greatly to present information in the best and most direct manner.

What are the strengths of your major/program at Judson?
I arrived at the outset of the education program at Judson. At that point we were still commuting to North Park College a few days a week for class. Everyone was very happy when Judson became an educational school because we could then educate and fully develop our own students to send out into the world as teachers.

What advice can you give to current and prospective students about their time at Judson?
Life is a journey, and your time at Judson can be a major and life-changing part of that journey for yourself and for others. However, do not wait for the experiences and opportunities to come to you. Go out and grasp them and make your own opportunities. Life at Judson and beyond is what you make of it. Make every day count!

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