Micaela Young had a plan. She was going to go to medical school.
“Since I was in second grade, I wanted to be an OB/GYN,” Young said. “I thought delivering babies and taking care of women would be a really amazing thing.”
The 2012 Sherman Central School graduated as valedictorian of her class and soon enrolled at St. Bonaventure University as a biology major.
It did not take long before Young realized she was chasing the wrong dream.
“Within the first few weeks of school, I realized that I wasn’t interested in Biology,” Young said. “I would study really hard and do well on my homework, but I couldn’t make myself be interested in what I was doing.”
So with a little bit of guidance from her professors, Young withdrew from the Biology program and explored some of the other majors St. Bonaventure had to offer.
“I did some soul searching and I kept coming back to education,” Young said. “My mom was an educator, my grandmother was an educator, and so on. It was in my blood.”
In 2016, Young earned her Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood/elementary education and is currently working toward her Master of Science in Education in educational leadership. She recently started her second year teaching kindergarten in the Clymer Central School District.
“I think the most important thing about teaching is giving students the best opportunity they have to reach their full potential so when they grow up, they can be anything they want and be able to reach their goals,” Young said.
Young also stressed the importance of having a plan, but also accepting that sometimes plans can change.
“Don’t feel pressure about what your life needs to be at 17 (years old),” Young said. “Sometimes you don’t know, and that’s okay too. Take the time to find something you are passionate about.”
This feature is part of a series focusing on residents who have received scholarships from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. If you, or someone you know, received a scholarship from the Community Foundation and would like to be featured, contact Sarah Shelters at 661-3390 or email@example.com.
The Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2018-19 academic year. To qualify, students must have graduated from a Chautauqua County, or Randolph, high school. Scholarships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of subjects and vocations at two-year or four-year colleges or universities.
Click here to apply for this year’s scholarship process. The deadline for applications is July 2.