Ben Larson '12
"Some of the methods we use in the lab actually taught me about exercise physiology and how the human body works before I even took classes on these topics."
Senior Ben Larson is involved in the Pacific Fatigue Lab, a research, clinical and teaching laboratory that studies fatigue-related illnesses. He recently presented his research at the International Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis conference. We talked to Ben about his experience at Pacific and the Pacific Fatigue Lab.
Why did you choose Pacific?
I have to attribute my selection of Pacific to my faith in God. I loved the small class sizes, it offered the major I wanted, and was a great environment that I wanted to be a part of, but it was incredibly costly. I prayed a lot about it and Pacific ended up giving me enough financial aid to make attending affordable.
What have you learned through your involvement at the Pacific Fatigue Lab?
The Pacific Fatigue Lab has also been a great supplement to my education. Some of the methods we use in the lab actually taught me about exercise physiology and how the human body works before I even took classes on these topics. This helped me greatly in learning the material and truly understanding it, rather than simply memorizing facts for a test.
How has the PFL prepared you for a career?
The biggest thing I have learned is how to work with patients in a clinical setting. I hope to go on to physical therapy school and eventually medical school, so seeing patients will be commonplace and the Pacific Fatigue Lab gave me an opportunity to get comfortable working alongside patients and being able to relate with them, converse with them, and help them to feel comfortable, relaxed, and cared for.