Sha’qwanna Without Doubt
It is hard to believe that the young woman in the above photo would have ever doubted herself, but it is the one piece of advice she leaves for her underclassmen at Quitman High School. Sha’qwanna is now a senior, but she remembers a time last year when she began doubting the future she had planned.
“First year students in Health Science have to learn 350 medical terms in Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology. I remember really doubting if I could do it, and I thought maybe this is not for me. I had spent time with my auntie in Texas working in her clinics. I job shadowed her, and she let me do temperatures and blood pressures. It was what I thought I wanted to do, but all those medical terms made me begin to doubt if I could. Then I just started studying. I studied, studied, and studied. Then I made a “100,” and the doubt went away,” Sha’qwanna smiles. “Then I thought, maybe this is for me.”
This year Sha’qwanna is spending at least part of her week at the local hospital, animal clinic, general practice clinic, or the nursing home using those medical terms to communicate with patients and their healthcare providers. She knows that the experience she is gaining through the Career Tech Center will give her an advantage in nursing school admission and the classes which will follow.
“I know I am going to school to be an R.N., but I am not sure if I am going to be a dialysis nurse or a neonatal nurse. I am planning on going to nursing school at either UWA or MGCCC. They both have good nursing programs, and I have visited both schools. Right now I am looking at scholarships and plan to take the ACT again in February.”
Until then Sha’qwanna will continue taking college courses through dual enrollment at QHS, practicing for the upcoming HOSA competition, and watching her sister play Panther basketball. She explains,
“I feel like I am going to miss high school, but I am not letting that get in the way of enjoying it. After school I try to do papers for Mrs. Reeves. She has really furthered my writing. Now I like to write.”
When asked where she sees herself in ten years, Sha’qwanna only pauses for a moment, smiles, and then replies without any trace of doubt,
“Maybe in one of those gated communities in Nashville. I’ll have a career, a husband, and a child. We’ll live in a three bedroom, two bath with a playground out back.”