Patrick McBride

ALYSSA HOWARD

Patrick McBride
ALYSSA HOWARD

ALYSSA HOWARD

Jena, IA

Photos by: Laura Beth Bailey

Balance.  This is something most people struggle with even through adulthood.  Why is it important for you to be so active and how do you manage to keep a balance?

It is important to stay active because being active helps you stay involved in the community and learning how to manage time. Through high school I have learned to manage my time between studying and doing extra-curricular activities. My local FBLA chapter and youth group have helped me stay involved in my community through community service, and managing my time by getting everything before the due date. I manage to keep a balance knowing when things are due and not procrastinating.

Tell us more about yourself.

While in high school I have been a member of various clubs and teams including Beta, Anchor, FCS/FCA, FBLA, National Honor Society, and Spanish club. While being a part of these clubs I have served many leadership positions. I currently serve as Anchor president and NHS vice president. I have also been a part of student council for three of my four years in high school, currently serving as student body president. The past four years I have been a member of the Lady Giant softball team and the JHS Gold Dusters dance line while serving as captain my senior year.

After high school, I plan on furthering my education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and majoring in Pre-Professional Health Studies. I chose this degree because it will provide me with a solid foundation in biology and chemistry that I will need to go on to further my medical studies. After three years of pre-professional school, I hope to get accepted into the School of Osteopathic Medicine at ULM. Going to school for seven years is a long time but I will be able to graduate with my Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine and start a career that I think I will love. I hope in obtaining this degree I will be able to make a difference in my rural community working in the local hospital. My parish is considered a medically underserved area and primary care providers are badly in need. I hope to return to my hometown and help provide the badly needed medical services to the wonderful people of my community.


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