ELIDA — Brooke Reese, a 17-year-old incoming senior at Elida High School, is not scared to prepare for a medical career.
Reese would like to eventually become a doctor. She’s inspired by her aunt, who is a surgical technician, and her sister, who is studying nursing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think that if you’re going to get the COVID that you’re going to get it and you can’t prevent yourself from getting it, so if I could help people possibly fight it, then that’d be cool,” Reese said.
If she doesn’t become a doctor, she would like to study to be a marine biologist.
“I’ve always been interested in helping people or animals. I’ve been interested since I was a little kid,” Reese said.
Reese plays basketball and soccer for Elida and is hoping to get a scholarship so she can play soccer at the collegiate level. She hasn’t decided where she’s going yet.
“I’d like to stay close to home, but if I get an opportunity to go out of state, I think that’d be a really cool opportunity to do,” Reese said.
She has learned valuable lessons through sports.
“You have to work with everybody, even if you don’t like them, and with it comes a big responsibility and you can’t just push it aside. You have to be committed to that and show up every day and work your hardest and not give up even through the hard times,” Reese said.
As a junior, Reese experienced online learning when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March.
“It was kind of like new and hard at first. It took a little bit of a while to get used to but after a while, it became easier and I like online. Next year, I’m doing post-secondary (education), I’m going to do online college classes so I think that helps me be able to prepare for those classes,” Reese said.
Reese is also active in 4-H and will be showing her seven goats at this year’s Allen County Fair.
“It will still be fun and everything, but I think it will be totally different because you won’t have that many people watching you and then to have people come out who want to learn about the animals and they can’t come out. I think that will be affected but as long as I get to show, I’ll be fine. I just like showing my animals so I hope that we have a normal fair,” Reese said.
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