Real world learning – HOSA

High school clubs are more than just fun and games after school. Some of them can lead to serious career discoveries and opportunities. Mustangs Ahead Staff Adina Mayo, Cameron Willis, and Kara Smith take a closer look at the members of the clubs of LRHS, and find out how these clubs are helping their members envision their futures.

Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, HOSA is a club that offers students who are interested in the medical field an environment where they can explore their interests and learn more about medicine.

Sophomore Kelsey Le has been in HOSA since the seventh grade, and is an aspiring pediatrician.

“I’ve wanted to be in the medical field since I was little,” said Le. “Being able to work hand in hand with people and being able to leave a mark on people’s lives has always been a dream of mine.”

Le was the President of her middle school HOSA chapter in eighth grade, and is now the secretary of the LRHS HOSA chapter.

“HOSA has helped me learn new leadership skills, make new friends, and has allowed me to experience new things,” commented Le. “It has become a part of my life and I can’t wait for the future years to come.”

Fellow sophomore Derek Breiner also joined HOSA with the intention of becoming a medical professional.

“I’ve wanted to be ophthalmologist for at least five years now,” said Breiner. “I hope that I can have the opportunity to shadow an eye doctor in the near future.”

Like Le, Breiner has also found that HOSA has helped him learn more about what he wants to do with his future.

He said, “HOSA has helped me to find more opportunities in the medical field to learn about what I want to do for a living.”

Senior Anthony Pistella echoed the statements of Le and Breiner, expressing a long-time interest in the medical field.

Pistella said, “I have been interested in the medical field for as long as I can remember.”

As a senior it’s important to have plans for college, and Pistella already has his figured out.

“Currently I am the most interested in going into some sort of surgery once in medical school,” he commented, “Before that, I plan to major in psychology and minor in chemistry.”

For Mustangs interested in the medical field, HOSA is a great experience and a helpful stepping stone to a future in medicine.

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