LIMA — Nathan Shauf, 17, is ready to enter his senior year at Lima Senior High School.
He’s been working at the high school all summer in the graphics communications department.
“The other schools in the system send us printing jobs that they want, like, ‘I want 1,000 of this sheet of paper for our school’ or whatever, they want posters designed. Right now, we’re printing off the newsletter and the student handbook, with all of those rules and stuff. That’s been taking weeks to print out because there’s just so many pages. We just balance all of those things. We have multiple machines running at a time,” said Shauf.
Helping with the printing isn’t his end goal when it comes to what he wants to do after high school is over.
“After high school, the goal is to go into one of two things — both, if it doesn’t get too busy. I want to do music composition and then do audio engineering, so that’s like managing sound in a studio or for film, stuff like that,” he said.
Shauf does have a plan B.
“If those fall through, I plan to go into nursing because I would have a job there, and I know what it’s like in hospitals,” he said. “I essentially grew up in a hospital, unfortunately. Around the same time I started music, I got diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and so I’ve just been in and out of the hospital very frequently, and I’ve seen what it’s like from being a patient and what that care does for people and how much it helps the patient and the families. I think it would be a really cool and interesting thing to do, just to help other people out and give that personal experience and like, ‘I’ve been exactly where you are,’ because I think that would help a lot of kids.”
Shauf is active in the band, where he plays the trombone, and maintains As and Bs in his coursework.
He is still unsure where he wants to go to college and will spend some time in his senior year exploring his options.
He’s confident his experience at Lima schools will help him later on.
“Yeah, I think so. It’s definitely helped me out. I know we have a very diverse community and school body where it’s very open for everyone. You can be whoever you want to be. You can do whatever you want and you’ll find other people that are doing that specific thing that you’re doing, and it’s really cool. Our arts and music have been great. It’s a big deal to all of our kids,” Shauf added.
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