Kyra Nathan – community volunteer, future doctor, oc student
“OC has inspired me to further my education, and hopefully, I will inspire others to do the same.”
Why did you choose OC?
I chose OC because I felt that it would help me transition into a four year university, with a strong academic foundation. Both my brother and father graduated from OC and are very successful.
What are you studying at OC?
This is my second year at Olympic College. I plan to graduate in another year with my Associate of Science Degree, so I can work toward my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After OC, I am going to transfer to a four year university where I will study Pre-Med.
What do you want to do as a career?
Since the first grade, I have known that I wanted to be an OB/GYN (Obstetrics and Gynecology). One day before school my mom told me she was going to the doctor. I asked her, “Are you going to a boy doctor or a girl doctor?” and she said “a boy doctor.” I remember being so bothered, I said, “Mommy, you can’t let a boy doctor look down there!” From that day on, I went around telling my friends that I wanted to be a “baby doctor,” so women would not have to have (just) male doctors. As I got older I became more interested in the development of babies and their growth. I still have some of the same views as I did as a child but with more of a mature outlook. I want to educate women on how to take care of their bodies and their babies.
Who has been your favorite instructor at OC?
My favorite class has been Sociology 101 with Professor Cohen. She was extremely knowledgeable in the text she was teaching and was very engaging. I felt comfortable asking questions in class because I knew I would get valid answers back. I would recommend Professor Cohen’s class to other students; I feel they would get a lot out of it.
Biology 201 with Professor Seavy has definitely helped prepare me to pursue Pre-Med. Learning about cells, tissue, and genetics has furthered my interest in human development. The Molecular, Cellular, and Development Biology option at the University of Washington has also caught my eye. I am taking classes right now to meet the admission requirements.
Where do you work at the college?
I worked for both the Career Center and the Internship Program. I have helped organize and disseminate information to students for events promoted by the Career Center.
What do you do in your spare time?
Due to the fact I work two jobs and go to school full time, I have very little time for hobbies. When I do have free time, I attend Bible Talk on Thursdays, go to church on Sunday, and hang out with friends and family. Naps are rare but happen.
What volunteer activities do you participate in?
The community is important to me. I have volunteered with my youth group by going door to door collecting non perishable foods for the local food bank. I have also gone door to door in Seattle passing out house fire awareness flyers. This summer I also volunteered as a camp counselor at the NW Youth Camp.
What recognition have you received while attending OC?
In 2009 I received the Herbert H. Goodman Scholarship Award, which helped me to pay my college tuition. I also received the Student Employee of the Year award from the Career Center.
Can you share a little about your background and your plans for the future?
I have lived in Silverdale in the same house for my whole life. My parents have been married for 32 years and I hope to follow in their footsteps. I have two older brothers, a sister in-law, and three beautiful nieces. After I graduate from medical school, I plan to come back and give back to my community.
How has OC inspired you?
OC has inspired me to further my education, and hopefully, I will inspire others to do the same.