Heaven poses for a photo with her classmates in the Career Tech Center’s Health Science classroom. This is her second year in a program designed to give her a head start in her neonatal nursing career. She smiles when she says,
“I just like babies, and I want to look like everything in it. It’s a pretty good income, and you can travel with that. There’s a couple of people in my family that are nurses. Ten years from now I’ll hopefully be working in a hospital. Maybe in Texas. Maybe in Houston. Nothing too big if I’m by myself. I’d go to church on Sundays, go shopping, come home to visit. If I do leave, I will miss them.”
All four schools have nursing programs which will ensure Heaven gets the degree she wants and needs to get closer to her current dreams.
By the look of the list of activities Heaven has devoted her time to in high school, she won’t have a problem having enough energy after a day of work to spend time with family and friends. It is easy to imagine she will join a chorus no matter where she goes.
“I started chorus in 7th grade, but I didn’t do it in 8th grade. I’ve done it the whole time in high school. I love it because we can all just be comfortable with each other. It’s natural. I’m used to singing at my sisters’ and cousins’ (homes). We harmonize. I’m part of Tri-M. It’s a music honor society. I’m in HOSA, FBLA, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and I think that’s it,” she laughs.
As she completes her senior year Heaven will be completing her high school diploma requirements, twelve hours of dual enrollment credits, performing weekly clinical rotations, attending Panther activities, and giving the following advice to her underclassmen,
“Study. Work hard. Extra credit is always good. Don’t rush it because it’s coming pretty fast. Remain focused.”