Classes in the basic sciences were important to John when he was in high school. He enjoyed the classes he took in chemistry, physics, anatomy and math. He is confident that these classes helped him to complete his bachelor's degree in college. "Art was my worst class," he claims. "I was always good at the sciences." Having a knack for the sciences is definitely a key to a career in healthcare, and John had that knack. In fact, as early as ninth grade, he knew he was interested in nurse anesthesia and did everything he could to prepare himself for that career.
Work Experiences and Internships:
John grew up on a farm, so in high school he did a lot of farm work. He really enjoyed the animal husbandry side of things and feels his farm experiences exposed him to the biological sciences and helped to ground him in his quest for a career in science.
Activities and Organizations:
4-H and sports were a part of John's high school activities, and he feels these have contributed to his career success. "Sports can teach discipline," he says. "It also taught me to reach for my goals." Since the ninth grade, his goal has been to be a nurse anesthetist. He knew there was a lot of schooling and work involved in attaining this goal. The discipline he gained in high school sports helped him to stay focused on his career goals.
Setbacks and Obstacles:
"Do I really want to go back to school for two years?" That was a question John asked himself after working as a registered nurse for a year. He enjoyed working in the intensive coronary care unit but knew he had to go back for a two-year anesthesia program in order to become a nurse anesthetist. He kept his career goal in sight and decided to go back to school.
Finding the correct career fit is what motivated John to seek his career goals. He had a gut feeling that nurse anesthesia would fit into the life he wanted to live, so he went for it! He researched the career when he was in ninth grade and found that it fit with his natural talents and with his personality. The farther he got down the path, the more he realized that his instincts were right. Keeping his final goal in mind, which was to be a nurse anesthetist, kept him going.
It all started in the ninth grade. His class was given a career exploration assignment in social studies. He began researching and found anesthesia. It sounded interesting so he chose to write his essay about it. He knew it was math and science oriented, and since those were the things he knew he was good at he thought anesthesia would be a perfect career choice. Before that he had considered being a farmer like his father. In fact, he enjoyed animal husbandry so much that he even considered becoming a veterinarian. But nurse anesthesia won his heart, and he chased his ninth grade dream.