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My name is Dillon Pawlenko; I am currently a senior at Etowah High School. My interests include playing basketball, soccer, hanging out with friends and attending after school activities. My goals are to graduate high school and go to college majoring in biology with eventually pursuing medical school to become a physician. My senior project was to get my certification as a CNA. A CNA is a Certified Nursing Assistant and their position is to provide and care for patients who are elderly, sick, or in rehab from surgery. With a CNA being at the bottom of the pyramid it can be sometimes overlooked. Do not be surprised being a CNA is a very important job when providing for the sick and old.
There are so many different paths and gateways you can study in the medical field today, and with so many to choose from it can become an issue. With only about a million CNAs in the U.S today many people might not know much about them. My research consisted of what exactly a CNA does and why many do not really know about them. What I found was many who are or become a CNA do not stop there. Alternatively, they use their experiences and knowledge to help them move further in the medical field so eventually they can be what they want to be. This is exactly what I am trying to achieve with my certification.
My product is my certification that states that I completed my ninety-hour class and completed my exams. This relates to my research because when I was noticing that many people used their certification to help them in further careers, I noticed it was more than usual. My future career is not being a CNA but one day be a doctor. I wanted my certification so I could have the experience that I would need when I was in college or medical school. Even though I completed this course, it did not come easily. My class was a six-weekend seven-hour course with three clinical days. I had to wake up bright and early at seven and be in class almost all day until three o'clock in the afternoon. Therefore, I had to overcome the early mornings and long days with the occasional study time I needed for my tests. However, with all those obstacles, I was able to overcome them and now it is been totally worth it.
My topic and research has really made me learn that it takes a special person and heart to become a medical professional. Many people think or ask why CNAs love what they do, and I have had many ask me the same question. Why a doctor? Why a CNA specifically? Which has really made me think that I do have a special heart and have that prowess that only 12 million others and me possess. I am not saying that if you are not a doctor you do not have a heart but having that interest and love to help others takes a "special" one. The career I have chosen to pursue is a doctor more specifically a physician. In addition, having my CNA certification will help with my endeavors in the new chapter of my life.
Thoughts on the Senior Project; I think for some it is a great thing like me for example. I am glad I received my CNA and now can use it for my advantage in the future. Even though it is a lot of work and it takes time out of our literature classes, if you did your Senior Project on your interests and future career, then it was not a waste of time and actually benefitted you. Thank you judges for your time and for viewing my Senior Project.