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Kayla Shuman - Senior Spotlight

Full Name:  Kayla Amber Shuman


1.  What are your plans after high school (college, work force, future profession)? 

I plan on attending Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. I plan to double major in neuroscience and psychology and minor in Spanish.  After four years there, I will leave for medical school at John A. Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii.  After I earn my doctorate, I want to work as a neurologist in a clinic.


2.  What was the biggest change for you between your freshman and senior year? 

During my freshman year, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.  I didn’t care about my grades.  Throughout the years, I changed from a B or C student to an all A student.  


3.  Which class challenged you the most and why? 

All of my math classes (mostly pre-calculus).  I’ve always been so terrible at math and pre-calculus always scared me while my friends were taking it.  Now I’m there and it’s extremely hard, but in the end it will be worth it.


4.  What person do you look up to the most and why? 

I look up to my grandpa the most.  He grew up with six sisters and three brothers in a very poor family.  He got a job when he was twelve to help his parents with the house and to put himself through school.  He never went off to college, but ended up becoming postmaster in his town.  He went into the Air Force and served our country for many years.  When he came back home, he traveled to every state in the United States, and he is extremely wealthy now.  It’s so amazing to me that he went against the odds of being part of a poor family and becoming wealthy and achieving his dreams.


5.  What will you miss most about Forreston High School? 

Like it or not, you will lose friends when you graduate high school.  I’m going to miss all of the wonderful friends I’ve made.  We’ve made memories that will be eminent in my mind for the rest of my life.


6.  What advice would you give incoming freshmen? 

Don’t waste your time.  Get a job when you need to; don’t get one just because everyone else is.  It’s a lot of responsibility, so don’t take one if you don’t think you can handle it.  Start thinking about your future.  I know it seems far away, but it will take a lot of pressure off of senior you if you have a good idea of where you want to go.  Always make time for family and friends.  When you go off to college (if you do), you will lose some connection with them.  Take a night to be with your friends, even if it seems like you’re just wasting time.  Call your grandma.  Call your mom.  Even if you have nothing important to say, they always want to know you’re still alive and well.  

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