The alliance students come from high schools around the Omaha area and take college-level classes at UNMC to prepare for health careers. Each month, UNMC Today will profile an alliance student to let us get to know more about these young learners.
Today we meet Lindzey Busch, a senior at Omaha North High School.
How did you get involved in the UNMC High School Alliance?
Last year I participated in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at the OPS Career Center. My counselor thought I would be an excellent candidate for the Alliance program, and my CNA and health instructors had no doubt that I would make it into the program. I knew it would be an amazing opportunity to learn things I will be applying in my future from professionals in their field.
What sparked your interest in science?
When I was 3, my mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, so I was exposed to health science at a young age. As I got older and started to understand what this meant, I became interested in the human body, how it works and what happens when things go wrong.
What are your career aspirations?
Before I began the program, I wanted to work in the ER as a nurse. My pathology class with Geoffrey Talmon, M.D., helped me realize that I need to go further with my education. I am currently interested in pathology and neurology.
What has been the best part of your UNMC High School Alliance experience?
The best part of the UNMC Alliance is learning things that will be relevant to my future career. Not only am I receiving an amazing education, the college setting is also preparing me for the next step in my education. It is also nice meeting people my age who are as passionate about health science as I am.