College Visits Impact Future Plans

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Kelesha Drew, Whites Creek High School
Academy of Community Health

What did you want your career to be when you were a child? A singer? A dancer? Superman? Well, while those are all great things to find passion in, I found mine in dentistry. It’s something about being a dentist that I just love. Ever since I was in 7th grade I looked into dentistry and I knew I wanted to go to college, but I never knew how or when to apply. A question that also constantly flowed through my mind was if I even wanted to go to college Tennessee?

My freshman year at Whites Creek High School we took a trip to Meharry Medical College. It taught me a lot about the pathway I wanted to go into and also a lot about the history of the school and the school itself. I learned that the Medical College, which was founded in 1876, is one of the oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to teaching future physicians, dentists, health experts, and more. This interested me because I was really looking into a lot of HBCU schools and could never just decide on one and I never knew if they offered what I needed to become a dentist. I learned and saw a lot of things that I had never known or seen before. Meharry Medical College opened my eyes to something new. I’d never visited a college before. I’d never talked to any college students about anything and at Meharry they made me feel like one of them. Meharry made me feel like I could go to any college and feel comfortable with touring and asking questions about their educational system and what they have to offer.

Just recently, as a sophomore in the Academy of Community Health, I was lucky enough to visit Meharry twice in one school year. On these two trips we learned different things, they never repeated anything, and once again we got to talk with real college students. They were really easy to get along with and they were really nice people. We took tours and visited the Gross Anatomy lab where they perform autopsies. As weird as it may sound, it wasn’t that bad. Meharry has opened my eyes to new careers and I’m very thankful that I got to participate in this experience. I hope to one day go back to Meharry and learn more about the dentistry path that they offer. Thank you Meharry Medical College!

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