As a little girl, Evan Luck heard stories about her great-grandmother who advocated for the importance of education. Her great-grandmother’s dedication encouraged Evan to give back and ultimately influenced her to pursue a career in the healthcare field. Recently, Evan decided to major specifically in nursing. “That’s what I enjoy most. Nurturing people and carrying for them,” Evan said. In middle and high school, Evan always participated in science related programs and was accepted into two health science initiatives. Now, as college approaches, she is even closer to working in the field.
With organizations like the Children’s Museum, the Virginia Homes and the Autism Society, she has been able to give back to others as a volunteer. “I really enjoy helping people and I think that’s one of my talents,” Evan said. “It just makes me feel better to know that I’m able to help people that may not be able to receive help at home and it just makes me feel better about what I’m doing.” While volunteering is her favorite thing to do outside of school, Evan also enjoys cheerleading, reading and dancing.
Other places she has volunteered with include Hands on Greater Richmond, Girls for Change and Higher Achievement. With many of these programs, Evan has been able to work with children, something she loves to do. Because of her passion for working with children, Evan plans to become a neonatal nurse practitioner or become a nurse with a pediatric focus. She is also a member of Delta Gems, Future Business Leaders of America, Sisters with an Intuition and the Key Club. With all of her extracurricular work, Evan worked to maintain a 3.84 GPA.
This fall, Evan will attend Hampton University to pursue her nursing degree. Not only did the school’s nursing program attract her to the university, but also its welcoming atmosphere and friendly environment. One lesson from high school that she will take to college is “to always do your best and not to procrastinate.” Evan plans to always do her best and stay focused. She thanked her teachers and principal for preparing her for college through a variety of lessons. “Continuing my education will only lead me into better things,” Evan stated in an essay. “This experience will help shape me into a better person and expand my social skills.”
Along with her educators, Evan credits her grandmother as one of her biggest motivators. “Since day one, she’s always pushed education on me and told me that it was very important,” Evan said. “I really thank her for that. She always tells me to follow my goals and that I can do it.”
With her grandmother and family’s constant support, Evan plans to also advocate for the importance of continuing education. “As an independent thinker and a problem solver, I am certain I will follow through with my plans and achieve all my goals,” Evan stated.