MUSCATINE, Iowa–Muscatine high school sophomores Vanessa Calderon and Brynn Eichelberger already have high hopes for pursuing medical careers after graduating high school. After learning about their interests in working as an obstetrics nurse and either a physical therapist or radiologist, respectively, Vanessa and Brynn’s teacher, Alison Warren, nominated them to attend the National Youth Leadership Foundation Envision Medicine program at Saint John’s University in New York City. The 10 day introduction to life in a medical profession also provides students an opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.
Both Brynn and Vanessa look forward to this unique chance to jumpstart their future careers. “We are both very excited and proud of ourselves to get this great opportunity to take part in this summer,” glowed Brynn. “We really look forward to gaining more knowledge, getting hands-on experience, and meeting more people with our same interests.”
In all, it will cost about $6,000 for both students to attend the Envision Medicine program. Though still several months away, Brynn and Vanessa have already begun fundraising for it to ensure they can afford to attend. To this end, the pair held an online t-shirt sale through Feb. 24, which brought in $600.
Warren has also helped the two work towards their fundraising goal by starting a GoFundMe page for them that will remain active until they meet their goal. The students welcome any donations from the community to assist them with covering their expenses. “This is a great learning opportunity that will help us with our future careers and even might come back to help the community,” said Brynn.