Senior to get jump on radiology studies
Alaina Waller said the best advice she's ever received was not to put off until tomorrow what she can do today.
That's exactly why Waller, a senior at Lansing High School, is graduating early.
Waller will finish her high school career this month so she can begin taking classes at Kansas City Kansas Community College-Leavenworth Campus in January. She wants to get her prerequisites out of the way in the spring so she can begin taking classes at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., later this year.
If she put off graduation and community college, she'd have to wait until next year to attend the medical center because the radiology program she wants to join only starts in July, Waller said.
Waller plans to attend the medical center for a two-year program to become a radiology technician. She said her mother, a nurse, helped to influence her career choice.
Waller said she chose radiology because she wanted to work in the medical field, but she didn't want to administer shots or cut people open.
"That doesn't interest me at all," she said. Rather, "the rest of it kind of grosses me out."
The stability of the medical field also appealed to her. Waller said her cousins who majored in business had trouble finding jobs, but she doesn't think she'll have to worry much about that.
"People are always going to be sick," she said.
Waller said she planned to take about five general classes at KCKCC in Leavenworth and find a full-time job so she could save money while she's living at home; she'll move out when she starts attending classes at the medical center.
Graduating early and going to a two-year school appeal to Waller, she said, because she's eager to get started in her career.
"I don't see the point in wasting time," she said.
And she has seen that happen - her two brothers are taking their time in college, she said. One is going on his sixth year.
But that's not how she wants to do it.
"I want to go in and get it done," Waller said.
Parents: Angela Phillips and Thomas Waller
Favorite teacher ever: Mary Kelm, Family and Consumer Sciences, Lansing High School
Best advice received: Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
What she'll miss most about high school: My senior lunch table! And all of my friends.