Zais named WBU essay winner

March 7, 2012

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University Lubbock campus student John Zais was named winner of the Wayland online essay contest, receiving an iPad 2 for his winning entry.

The contest, hosted by the office of Web Services as a Facebook promotion, challenged students to write their Wayland story in a brief essay. The best entries from each of Wayland’s 14 campuses were then submitted for an online vote by peers, faculty and staff.

An EMT in Lubbock, Zais is a 2000 graduate of Mineral Wells High School. Not sure what he wanted to do once he graduated, Zais put off going to college and pursued EMT training.

“I had some friends who had gone through the EMT course,” Zais said. “That seemed exciting, so I figured I would try it. I got into that and fell in love with it.”

Zais has worked as a paramedic for the last 11 years and serves as the medical supervisor at a plasma center. While he loves the work, Zais said he started longing for another challenge. Having always tested high for business acumen, he decided to pursue a business degree to advance in the business side of the healthcare industry. Zais looked into other options in Lubbock but determined there was no degree plan that fit his busy lifestyle. It was through a chance meeting with a patient at the plasma center that Zais heard about Wayland’s offerings.

“I was interviewing or doing a physical check-up on this girl and she was a student at Wayland,” he said. “We started talking and she told me about the class schedules and convenience. Of course, it sounded too good to be true.”

Zais passed the Lubbock campus every day on his way to work and finally decided to stop in.

“Everything she said was true,” Zais said. “It seems like it is geared more toward working individuals with families. That fit me perfectly.”

If things continue to go as planned, Zais will graduate with a B.A.S. degree in healthcare administration next fall. He hopes to then pursue a master’s degree.