Seeing the silver lining in the pathway toward her career in medicine
Deneisha Wilson has known for a long time that she wants to work in the medical field. She has always loved learning about the human body, and by helping her grandmother manage some health challenges, she has realized just how important compassion and empathy can be. In 2016, Deneisha and her immediate family members relocated to the United States from Jamaica, determined to find promising, new opportunities to learn and work. She took a big step in the right direction when she enrolled at Prince George’s Community College, and was thrilled to learn she could take many courses at its affiliated Laurel College Center (LCC), located just a few minutes away from her home.
“Initially, I enrolled in classes at Laurel College Center because it was very convenient,” said Deneisha. “But I quickly saw many more benefits. It’s a small center where you can make really strong connections and get a lot of one-on-one guidance from your teachers. They are committed to making sure every student gets the most they can out of each class. I am getting a very good education at LCC.”
Currently, while serving in the Army Reserves, Deneisha is pursuing an associate degree in nursing and intends to graduate in 2021. Her long-term goal is to go to medical school and become a physician.
“As a nursing student I am learning the basic fundamental skills I need to achieve my career goals in the field of medicine,” said Deneisha, who hopes to transfer to University of Maryland College Park upon completion of her associate degree. “My family is especially proud of me. They see me working hard to get to where I want to be.”
In Spring 2020, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Deneisha experienced college life in a new way as schools began closing their physical locations and students finished out the semester using virtual learning tools. Prior to that time, she had not taken any online classes.
“I always wanted to be on campus, learning in a classroom with a teacher at the front of the room and other students around me,” said Deneisha, age 25. “Learning online was eye opening for sure. I still prefer in-person learning, but through this experience I’ve realized I can stay on track and learn a lot, either way.”