Alexa Elliot
Tigard, OR
HDFS & BioHealth Sciences


Hello everyone! My name is Alexa Elliot, and I am in my third year at Oregon State University. I am majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences & BioHealth Sciences with a Pre-Med option and a minor in Chemistry. That is always quite the mouthful! After college, I plan to attend medical school and specialize in pediatrics, so I can combine my passions of medicine and working with children.

I was born and raised in Tigard, Oregon where I attended Tualatin High School. When choosing a college, Oregon State University was on my list because I knew I wanted to stay in state. After visiting OSU to learn more about the campus and the University Honors College, I knew this is where I wanted to go. The Honors College was a big draw because I wanted a big school with lots of opportunities, but through the honors college, I could also experience the small classes and tight-knit community akin to a smaller school. I was also interested in Oregon State University because I wanted to study in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and I loved the campus environment.

I applied to the University Honors College because I enjoyed completing the International Baccalaureate diploma in high school and knew I wanted a similar level of engaging and challenging classes. During my first year, I lived in the Honors College Living Learning Community in West Hall. I enjoyed being surrounded by like-minded people who had a variety of interests but were all connected through the Honors College. Additionally, I found that the classes in the Honors College were not harder but challenged me to think critically and participate in class discussions. I have also been able to take classes on topics that I never knew existed before! The University Honors College also has a vast array of resources for all aspects of the college experience that are offered to its students which I’ve found helpful. These resources include opportunities for research, study abroad trips, and internship connections.

Outside of my classes, I am an undergraduate research assistant on the Kindergarten Readiness Research Project. I get to work with children by giving them assessments that are framed as games to test their executive functioning skills. I will also be completing my Honors College thesis with the Principle Investigator of the project. Additionally, I am a member of Chi Omega through which I have gotten to know an amazing, unique group of women who share my values. I have also gained leadership skills through my sorority by serving as the Director of Community Service and on the recruitment team. In my free time, I enjoy reading, yoga, spending time with my friends, and petting my cats.

If you have any questions about the University Honors College, being a pre-med student, or student life in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I am more than happy to answer your questions.