At Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, teaching and learning have been re-invented in a cohesive and functional atmosphere that both the student and teacher can benefit from. I am part of something that is crucial and fundamental to the development of society — education through the early college program. Through the use of individualized learning techniques between the student and teacher, enhanced methods of peer studying, and a well-structured plan of instruction, students are able to reach their full potential.
Becoming part of the program
The greatest accomplishment of the program is found in the dedication of the students and their ability to adapt to the norms established by it. Because I was accustomed to the generalized style of learning taught to the majority of the population, I had to learn to become part of a new program of schooling that focused on the success of each individual student and the productiveness of a class as a group. The early college program provides a small learning atmosphere for students in which teachers are able to provide individualized support. This new concept modified my perspective of learning into a mutual agreement between the faculty and students to achieve desired goals through teamwork.
Applying the program to my educational goals
The program has given me the tools to develop a greater interest in my educational goals along with opportunities to explore a career in medicine. Early colleges focus on the dependability and competency students will exhibit once they are able to work in fields related to their academic programs. I have participated in job shadowing, volunteering and internships that relate to my desired career field. I have also participated in several programs that have enhanced my desire to join the field of medicine through the events hosted by my school.
Finding success in the workforce
In general, early college programs provide exceptional learning environments that are essential for developing students into successful individuals ready for the workforce. The program has impacted my educational goals since I have decided to become a pediatric neurosurgeon through the various career related events I have been able to attend while maintaining a good academic standing.
Diego A. Hipólito Canario is a sophomore at Wake Early College of Health and Sciences. A native of Puerto Rico, he enjoys learning from diverse environments to discover new ways of approaching a situation. He is an extroverted person who likes to go beyond what is expected in order to make things that are impossible tangible and attainable.