"Pushed beyond your limits? You don’t know how far you can go unless you try. Getting involved gets you to places you have never been. "
This is a message Zahra Shihabuddin wanted to share. Zahra became San Jac Certified in May of 2014. She is now attending West Texas A&M University. These are photos she shared with us from Wheeler Peak in New Mexico. She was extremely involved at San Jacinto College and continues to get involved at West Texas A&M. It has opened up so many opportunities for her.
Get involved. There are opportunities everywhere, no matter where you are and which college you attend.
My name is Anthony Smith, but everyone around campus calls me Tony! I am 25 years old and just graduated from the Licensed Vocational Nurse program at San Jac South. Two years ago, I walked into the doors of the South campus. I never would have guessed that in just four short semesters, I would be a nurse and looking forward to continuing my education into the RN transition program.
At the age of 17, I was going into my junior year at my local high school. Although I had made it to 11th grade, it was not an easy fight and I was very discouraged. I had experienced many years of bullying because of my sexuality, weight and lack of sports knowledge or know how. Once I started 11th grade, I lost the urgency and importance of my education and never wanted to go to school. My grades fell low, and I was so distracted I could not focus. I was on a road to failure and having to repeat many courses just to keep up with my classmates. I had a wonderful mother who felt my pain and did not want me to suffer any longer. Together we decided it would be best if I just dropped out but I needed a back up plan before I could sign out.
I’ve always been interested in the medical field. I met with a local trade school about their Medical Assistant program, and at that time you did not need a high school diploma to enroll. I signed up immediately! After a year of school and a six month internship, I had a job in the Medical Center. But there was something missing. Although I got to work along side a doctor and be with patients daily, I wanted to be more independent and give more care to my patients. I wanted to be a nurse; I was determined to be a nurse!
I looked into local schools that offered nursing and came across many in the area, but one school stood out above all. San Jacinto College was a school with a huge presence in the medical field, so I knew that was the school for me. I was so motivated I got my GED and was enrolled in school within a week. I met with the great staff at San Jac and started classes Summer of 2012. My first course was GUST (College Prep) with a professor I will never forget, Sonya Prince.
GUST taught me not only how to be a student, but how to be a successful student. I applied to the LVN program after the Fall semester, when I had college experience under my belt and got accepted in with a 3.8 GPA and a 97.8% on my entrance HESI.
I am now a San Jac Certified licensed vocational nurse! But I’m not completely done with San Jacinto College. I’m back and currently in the ADN transition program.
Wish me luck!
I hope you all are having a wonderful semester! Stay motivated!
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