“Special education. That was my plan. My mother is a speech therapist and works with children with all kinds of needs. I knew I wanted to work in a helping profession, like her.
God redirected my steps in a surprising way. I signed a letter of intent to play soccer at a junior college in western Nebraska in February of my senior year. In April, my mom was in a serious car accident. We almost lost her. For the next year, she was recovering, learning how to walk and talk and feed herself again. I helped with her physical therapy and occupational therapy. I enjoyed doing it and watching her heal and get stronger. I saw the difference compassionate healthcare could make and I started to feel called to that profession.
York College wasn't on my radar, but my roommate at junior college was planning to go to York to play soccer and she introduced me to the coach. After visiting with him and receiving a scholarship offer, I could tell York was where I was meant to be.
The experience that has shaped me most was a medical mission trip to Haiti with a professor and classmates. It’s hard to talk about our experience or how I’ve changed. I learned about real love for the Lord and how happy you can be with nothing. Absolutely nothing. I can make-do, choose to be thankful, and live generously.
I’m grateful I came to York. School isn't easy for me, so instructors who care about my education and my personal life has been amazing. They’ve made sure I’m getting what I need to be successful. I know they will be supporting me long after I leave.
I will continue my studies this fall at Cleveland University after receiving my degree in biology in May. I plan to earn a master’s degree in nutrition and a doctor of chiropractic degree in a few years. Later I hope to have my own clinic. But I know better than to make too many plans. I am open to where God wants to send me, even to a third-world country. I don’t need much, just an opportunity to use my skills to serve others.”
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