When I Grow Up | Emily Dillard


"When I think of Emily Dillard, the words joy and passion instantly come to mind. Emily never fails to brighten my day and bring a little bit of sunshine to everyone around her. She can quote just about any Vine ever made and makes me laugh so hard that no noise comes out. Emily is the perfect combination of goofy and spontaneous, yet still SO dependable and compassionate. One of the most admirable things about Emily is her passion. She is incredibly driven towards her future career as a physician’s assistant. Each one of her future patients will be lucky to have someone who can cheer them up in hard times, while making every effort to treat their illness.  Emily is such a huge blessing in my life and I cannot imagine anyone more perfect for this career"
-Elizabeth King

Emily Dillard is a rising junior from Florence, Alabama. She is majoring in Exercise Science, Pre-Physician Assistant. Emily is the best combination of fun and goofy, yet poised and put-together. We have so enjoyed watching you find your place in the medical field!  

When I Grow Up

When I tell people I am an exercise science major, they automatically assume I am Pre-Physical Therapy however, I am probably one of the 10 people who are really Pre- Physician Assistant. I have known since the beginning of 11th grade that becoming a Physician Assistant was exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I was in the Operating Room shadowing a coronary artery bypass graft surgery with a nurse anesthesiologist and I saw a woman assisting the surgeon and I asked who she was. She was a PA who graduated from Auburn and majored in Zoology. At that moment, that was exactly who I wanted to become. So here I am just trying to get to PA school! 

On any given day I give injections, run EKGs, clean wounds, do drug screens or triage. This job reminds me of why I am at Auburn working so hard to become a PA.

Currently, I am working at Auburn Family Care (Tiger Town, hmu if you’re sick) as a medical assistant and loving every minute of it. On any given day I give injections, run EKGs, clean wounds, do drug screens or triage. This job reminds me of why I am at Auburn working so hard to become a PA. I am passionate about surgery, kids and mental health— so my goal is to work in one or all of those specialties in my lifetime, which is a benefit of being a PA.

#WhyILoveChiO

I knew from one of the first days of recruitment I loved and wanted to be in Chi Omega. One of the best parts of Chi O is there is not that stereotypical, cookie cutter girl. All of our different personalities is what makes each individual stand out. We all hold ourselves to high standards, morals, and values. Also, Make A Wish!!! I couldn’t think of a better philanthropy. To see our hard-work from fundraising and philanthropy events go into granting a child’s wish is truly indescribable. Considering I want to be a PA, I have always wanted to help change the lives of children. Chi O allows me to begin helping these kids through Make- A- Wish even before I become a PA. I am so proud to a part of Chi Omega.