Tell us about yourself and your involvement in the West-MEC Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program?
My name is Natasha Nedved, I am a senior at Millennium High School and I’m currently involved with the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course through West-MEC Public School District.
What are the benefits of enrolling in this program in high school? What sacrifices did you have to make to take the program?
Monday through Friday I attend regular high school classes such as AP English IV and Animal Science, then on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays I go to Estrella Mountain Community College in the afternoons for the West-MEC EMT course.
I loved having the option of taking the course during high school because it offers me a head start in my career ambitions. At times, I’ve had to put my social life on hold for the program due to the amount of studying it entails, but I don’t consider that to be a sacrifice because I absolutely love to learn!
What are your career aspirations? How do you hope to achieve your goals?
I’m going to the University of Arizona in the fall to get my bachelors degree in Physiology, and then I plan on continuing my education and applying to medical school. My ultimate goal in life is to become a surgeon. Though, I’m not entirely sure what area of surgery I would like to specialize in yet, I know that the heart and the brain fascinate me.
I plan on achieving this goal by working at the VA hospital in Tucson as a Certified Nursing Assistant, since I already have my CNA license, and volunteering a few days a week at the Tucson Medical Center as an EMT to enhance my chances of getting into medical school.
What is your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subjects in school have always been anatomy and physiology. Learning about the body and the way it functions excites me. I know pursuing health care is the right choice for me.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My parents and my older sister have been the biggest inspirations in my life. They have supported me 100-percent through every challenge. They continuously remind me of my goals and push me everyday to achieve them. I would definitely not be half the person I am without their support!