Tékeidra Masters: 2020 & 2021 intern
I never miss the chance to fill my schedule with things that revolve around healthcare such as the Spectrum Health Lakeland GROWTH internship program that I’ve been fortunate to receive for a second summer. I am not the same intern or student I was last summer. My experience in working for a hospital is that the work is always different, yet vital, educational, and transformative. You learn something new each and every day. If anyone were to ask me about the one thing I’ve gained most from this opportunity, my answer will always be reassurance and security. All too often teens, including me, grow up with an idea of who and what they want to be in the future without the experience to back it up. It’s because of this same idea that 80% of college students change their major at least once. The program gave me the tools necessary to take my hopes of this career I wanted as a doctor and explore them. I know for sure that my ideas of success and having a sustainable life aren't just dreams, but goals and ambitions. When I am asked to describe the program, I simply say that it is the epiphany of pipelining dreams, solidifying passions, and investing in secure futures.
I will attend Valparaiso University on an academic scholarship majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. My goal is to become a doctor.