Graduate Profile: Jonathan Potter
Jonathan Potter had an advantage on most of his classmates in graduate school — at Alma College, he had the opportunity to work in a cadaver lab.
“I was attracted to the exercise and health science major because of the wide range of career options that it could prepare me for,” the 1997 graduate says.
“While graduate school was challenging, I was not at all overwhelmed by it and was able to make the transition fairly well after Alma. That was not the case for all of those in the same graduate program.”
Potter attended Washington University in St. Louis for his graduate program in occupational therapy and now works at the Rochester, Minn. campus of the Mayo Clinic.
“Washington University is considered one of the top three OT programs in the country,” he says. “I guarantee you I would not have even applied to go there had I not been at Alma.”
He was attracted to Alma by the small size, campus, the academic reputation and the wide variety of extra-curricular activities.
“The EHS faculty at Alma were great and I learned so much from them,” he says. “They really knew how to challenge you and yet keep things fun and interesting.”
“I felt like they really cared about my success, and that goes a long way in preparing a person for a career or the next level of education.”
While at Alma, he was involved in the Kiltie marching band, concert band, Chi-Alpha Christian Fellowship, Alma College Choir and intramural sports.