Honor student from Galway, athlete hopes for career in nursing – The Daily Gazette
GALWAY – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many have seen firsthand how nurses and healthcare professionals are risking their own health and safety to provide for the public during a time of uncertainty.
Under these conditions, it was easy to understand why nearly one in five healthcare workers left their jobs during the pandemic. But Trishelle Oliver, a senior at Galway High School, says she wouldn’t be part of that statistic.
The pandemic has made Oliver want to pursue a career as a nurse even more. She thinks the reason society is in a better place now than when the widespread outbreak started is because of the help of nurses. Oliver is determined to play a role in such an important profession.
While she will graduate from high school with a 3.75 GPA, Oliver says she had to work harder than most to get there. Until around 6th grade, she had twice-weekly speech therapy and physical therapy to try to cope with unfamiliar health issues. Looking back on those experiences, she remembers how pediatric nurses helped her not feel alone during her own uncertain times. This took the form of distractions during the testing procedures and overall doing what they could to try to make him feel some kind of comfort.
“They made my day the whole time and they’re people I’ll never forget,” Oliver said.
Oliver hopes to make as much of a difference in the lives of his future patients, whether in the field of pediatrics or in the emergency department. Her interest in becoming an ER nurse stems from the fact that she loves the idea of facing a challenge head-on, and she feels she has the caring nature and composure to do so.
“The pressure of how a bad decision could make something go really wrong is on me. I need pressure to be able to do it. But also I am quite caring towards others and I don’t want others to struggle mentally or physically. I want them to be good and I want to be the person who makes them good,” Oliver said.
She acquired these qualities and many more by exploring several extracurricular activities throughout her school years. Oliver is a member of the National Honor Society, which has led her to many volunteer opportunities, including helping her former cheerleading squad which she decided to quit this year to focus on academics. She also volunteers at her church with her grandmother. This year, her leadership skills earned her the position of Class Historian. She also received the Andrew C. Izzo Scholarship, given to students who exhibit characteristics such as compassion, fairness and respect – which Oliver possesses.
She is also an avid volleyball and softball player and has served as captain of both teams. Through these, she has learned to communicate as effectively as possible with her teammates in order to push them to be the best they can be, a standard she also holds very high for herself.
Mike Smith, who coached Oliver’s softball for five years, can attest to his diligent nature. Smith recalled her performance last season, in which she didn’t strike once. This year she knocked out five times, which is still a feat, but he noticed how hard she was on herself about it.
“She’s one of the last to leave practice,” Smith said of Oliver, who was in college for four years. “She’s always looking for some extra batting practice. If there’s a time when you need a big hit, you’d definitely like to have it at home plate.
That drive to succeed will pay off even more when she continues softball at SUNY Brockport, Smith said.
“Knowing her determination and how hard she works, I really think the sky’s the limit for her,” Smith said.
Oliver said she looks forward to going to college in the fall, where she hopes to meet a diverse group of people she can bond with, just like she did with her friends and family. family in his small hometown.
“I’m really excited to start the new chapter and really show people what I can be in my life,” Oliver said.
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