HARROD — Julia Meyer is in her senior year at Allen East High School.
The 18-year-old is active in sports, playing soccer since she was 3. She’s lettered all four years in high school.
“My whole family has done it forever. My dad coached me all the way up until high school,” she said.
But now that soccer is over for her, Meyer is putting her full attention into her post-high school education.
She’s a member of the National Honor Society and hopes to use her intelligence to contribute to society.
“I would like to go into the medical field,” she said. “I think I’m looking at nursing. As of right now, I’ve been wanting to be a nurse anesthetist, but I’m going through nursing and see if I like that and then deciding what type of nurse I’m going to be.”
She’s narrowed down her choices to either Bowling Green State University, University of Findlay or University of Cincinnati.
“Cincinnati has the nurse anesthetist program. Findlay is closer, but they don’t have that program, but they do have nursing,” Meyer said. “Then I looked at Bowling Green because I’m doing College Credit Plus through there, so I’m already technically going through there, so I’m just kind of looking at my options.”
She’s also involved in helping fellow students deal with suicidal thoughts.
“We have Gatekeepers here which is a suicide prevention group that I’m in. I’m also in this thing, you’ve seen it around, it’s called the You Matter movement. There’s You Matter signs all throughout Lima, and I’ve been doing that for the past few months,” she said.
With her involvement in soccer since such a young age, it’s instilled skills such as determination that translate into whatever she does in life.
“You have to be determined if you want to get somewhere, and you want to be able to be great you have to put in the work and the effort,” she said.
As for her experience at Allen East, it’s been great.
“I love it. I love Allen East. I love everything about it. Everyone’s so nice. All the teachers care. I just feel like everybody here is just so open and loving and it’s amazing,” she added.
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