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Student Spotlight: Karlee Kirking

Where did you attend/or currently are attending school? (high school, university, etc)

Sophomore, Cashton High School

What would you like to do in healthcare?

I am unsure of where I want to attend school currently, however if I continue to pursue interest in the career path of speech and language pathology I will look into UW- Eau Claire or UW- Madison.

When did you first participate in a Scenic Rivers AHEC program?​

My first experience with AHEC was through classroom presentations within the AHEC Curriculum. These included: Introduction to Health Careers, Nursing, Pharmacy, Therapy, and Medical Terminology as well as the Gundersen Health System, Hands on Health Day.

What other AHEC programming have you utilized or plan to participate in?​

Besides having in-classroom participations there were two day trips with Scenic Rivers AHEC. One to the ICE house at Gundersen Health Systems and another day trip to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in the Twin Cities.

I plan to continue to participate in AHEC programs in the future including the Health Career Camp held in La Crosse, WI.

What advice would you give to younger students starting to navigate their future in a health care career?

"If I had to give advice to younger students navigating their future in a healthcare field, I would say take advantage of the opportunities that AHEC gives you! Job shadow, job shadow, job shadow!!! There is so many health career fields and you want to choose one that suits you the best, experience other careers by job shadowing!"

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