Kayla Paul: BSU chief, lover of vitamin and future PA
Since center faculty, Kayla Paul knew she wished to turn out to be a doctor’s assistant. Her path to the occupation: FIU.
“FIU has at all times been my first selection,” says Paul, a local of West Palm Seaside. “It has a very good doctor’s assistant program and actually good medical applications.”
To organize for her graduate research within the subject, Paul determined to begin her undergrad training at FIU, selecting to main in dietetics and vitamin.
“Individuals normally do biology, chemistry or biochemistry to get into medical applications later,” she says. “However I quite have my main give attention to vitamin. Vitamin is vital for healthcare, and it’s not at all times acknowledged that method.”
Paul is not any stranger to blazing her personal path, or lending a serving to hand.
In highschool, she was a frontrunner in scholar organizations, serving as president of the Black Scholar Union at Royal Palm Seaside Neighborhood Excessive College and as a part of the chief board of her faculty’s chapter of College students Working Towards Tobacco (SWAT).
As BSU president, she led a bunch of scholars, in collaboration with lecturers, in organizing the varsity’s annual Black Historical past Month Showcase, one of many first occasions in any case the scholars returned to lessons in particular person after the pandemic improved.
The staff hosted a wildly efficiently occasion and invited Black movers and shakers locally, together with a neighborhood information anchor and enterprise proprietor, to return converse and focus on their journeys. All year long, the BSU staff additionally led Thanksgiving meals drives and picked up Christmas playing cards and the ever-essential merchandise, socks, to provide out at an assisted residing facility for the aged.
By SWAT, Paul campaigned to encourage youth at her faculty to know the well being hazards of smoking and to surrender vaping via numerous occasions and promotions. She additionally logged hour upon hour of group service, collaborating in seaside, zoo and park cleanups and volunteering to assist distribute water bottles and different provides at marathons just like the Shamrock Parade, amongst quite a few actions.
She earned Scholar of the Month numerous occasions, accomplished the IB program at her faculty and graduated with a 4.5 GPA. She started at FIU over the summer time, residing on campus.
For the autumn semester, she is happy to get entangled with scholar organizations like FIU’s BSU and the Haitian-American scholar group.
Helia Baez: Warrior, scholar and healer
Helia Baez has one aim: to turn out to be a licensed Youngster Life Specialist, knowledgeable who helps youngsters deal with sickness.
“I need to assist youngsters, particularly these with power and lethal ailments,” she says. “Youngster life specialists clarify what’s taking place in phrases or via play and thru completely different actions. How do you clarify to a 4-year-old they’re going to get a biopsy or a needle caught to their head? That’s what they do.”
Kayla Paul sporting scrubs in anticipation of her future profession.