Victoria has discovered that being an adult with CF can sometimes be lonely. From her own experiences, she has gathered that mental illness can be a predictor of health outcomes. Your peers move on and soon they are living in another world. Financial independence is difficult to attain, not only because of hospital stays fragmenting your life, but also because many adult CF’ers cannot attain financial independence.
She would like to get a Ph.D. in psychology to someday offer help in clinics - even if it is on a volunteer basis. She would like to work to encourage and educate patients on mental health for addiction prevention. Knowing that a Master's Degree in counseling could give her the ability to counsel, she would like to go beyond that and generate research and teach at a university level to increase awareness of mental health for healthy outcomes.
During high school, Haley's favorite class was Earth Science. For quite some time, she has been concerned about the environment. As such, she has gained a great interest in Geology and plans to pursue a degree in this at Iowa State University.
Her goal is to find a career that will allow her to travel and study ways we can help improve our environment and make it more sustainable for future generations.
Annaka is planning to attend Washburn University and earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. After that, she wants to further her education by entering the Doctor of Nursing Practice online program at Washburn. Her long-term goal is to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and her hope is to provide future patients with the same medical and emotional support that her doctors and nurses have given her. She wants to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, certified in Primary Care and possibly Acute Care.
Sam's next step in life is to study Kinesiology and Personal Training at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. He is interested in how his body works due to his having cystic fibrosis. He started sports at a young age and a few years ago made it a priority to be as healthy as he can be. He currently works out, and along with his sports routine, he hopes to learn what this can do for somebody physically and mentally. He wants to help people achieve their goals through exercise.