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Student Spotlight: McKenna Pedretti

Where are you originally from?

La Crosse, Wisconsin

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

Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School

What are you future career/school goals?

I want to attend medical school and become an emergency room doctor.

What was your first AHEC experience?

My first experience with AHEC was in a cadaver lab (at UW- La Crosse as part of the first day at Health Careers Camp). At first I was scared to touch anything, but then I realized just how incredible the human body is. The cadaver lab made it clear to me that I want a career in medicine.

Do you plan to take advantage of AHEC program in the future?

I sure do! This camp was a wonderful opportunity that very few adolescents can experience. I plan to be a future alumni member, and possibly be a counselor within the next few years.

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

I say to always keep an open mind. You may discover that something you thought you hated is something that you really love and vise versa. Also, ask questions to healthcare providers! They will be more than happy to tell you about their job.

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