Jasmine Harris of Petersburg High School
By Janeal Downs
As early as elementary school, viagra Jasmine Harris has aspired to be in the health field and help other people. Whenever anyone asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, cialis “I would always say, ‘I want to be a nurse, a registered nurse,”’ Jasmine wrote in an essay. Not only does Jasmine have an interest in helping others, she has also been influenced by many of her family members who work in the medical field. Her great-grandmother was a nurse, her mother was a nurse’s aide, and her older sister is currently pursuing a degree in nursing. She wants to become a nurse practitioner, specifically a neonatal nurse. “I have always loved babies, and nursing has always been my passion,” Jasmine said. She said she has always been 100 percent sure that this is the profession for her.
In order to obtain her education as a nurse, this fall Jasmine will begin attending Old Dominion University in Norfolk for her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. “I am striving to earn a “B” or better in all of my prerequisite courses,” Jasmine said. “In addition, I will maintain at least a 3.2 GPA throughout my freshman and sophomore years.” She has these academic goals for college, because she knows how competitive and rigorous the nursing programs are and wants her chances of getting in to be as high as possible.
She has already gotten some experience in the health field while she was in high school. In 11th grade, she took a nurse’s aide class. “My nursing instructor guided me very well as far as informing me of what to expect in college, exposing me to real life healthcare problems, and also preparing me for critical thinking,” Jasmine said. She also took her clinical at a nursing home, and currently works at a pharmacy. Working at a pharmacy has made her more aware of some of the issues older people face when getting prescriptions. “A lot of older people are on fixed incomes so sometimes they can’t get everything they need for their health,” Jasmine said. Her interest in helping others has also led her to do work within the community. For example, she was administrative assistant at the American Red Cross this past summer, participated in a 5K walk and fun run, participated in School Cleanup Day and many other activities. While she was in school, she was a member of DECA, HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), National Honor Society, and the captain of her varsity cheerleading team.
Outside of school, Jasmine enjoys shopping, going to the movies, reading and going out to eat. When asked who influences her the most in life, she said herself. “I just know if I want something done right, it’s best I do it myself. I just keep that in mind and keep myself self-building and determined,” Jasmine said. “Growing up, all I did is just motivate myself for my future.” Describing herself as outgoing friendly, sometimes shy, humble and self-motivated, Jasmine said with faith and her family, anything is possible.