CF CAPS Blog: What is it worth to know what you want to do after high school?

When I signed up for CAPS I wasn't quite sure what I was getting myself into. I came into CAPS with the mindset that it was an easy A class and that I could wing my way through it. After a few days in the class I realized that was not the case. This is a serious class with serious deadlines, and being a part of this environment has helped me grow to a great extent in my professional life. So far I have learned an abundance of information on how to communicate with people, time management, and accountability. Before taking this class I had no idea how to shake someone's hand, but after having to shake all of my classmates hands multiple times I think I might be a pro. Joining the CAPS program was by far one of the best decisions I've made in my educational career. The CAPS program has only had a positive impact on my education, and if I could do it over again I would.

At the beginning of the semester I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I didn't know whether I was going to end up as a truck driver or an accountant. Knowing that one of the criteria for getting a good grade in this class was completing a job shadow and interest interview, I knew I had to get an idea of what I wanted to do. After taking multiple personality tests to see what careers would fit me best I decided that I will never find a career i'm interested in. After a doctor's appointment I briefly looked at nursing. Realizing that nursing is a very stable career I decided to ask Nate Clayberg who is our CAPS business developer if he could help me set up a job shadow with a nurse. Nate then asks me if I would like to go watch open heart surgery. Coincidentally Nate's wife works as a perfusionist at Allen hospital. A perfusionist is the person that runs the heart and lung machine during open heart surgery. So on March 21st at 6 a.m I was on my way to job shadow a perfusionist during open heart surgery. I got to stand in the room and watch as they saw into the sternum and as they sew the veins to the heart to bypass the blockage. It's not everyday you get to see an actual human heart. It was a once in a lifetime experience and without the CAPS program who knows if I would've been able to experience anything like that. Honestly without the CAPS program and the supportive instructors all around i'm not sure if I would've figured out I wanted to be a nurse. I have officially changed my major to nursing and I have enrolled in a CNA class for this upcoming summer!

The best part of the CAPS program is by far the environment. Right now there are only 13 of us and working together everyday has brought us a lot closer than any of us could imagine. Having a supportive community around you and always having someone there to help you is all you can ask for as a highschool student. That community is exactly what the CAPS program has given me and the 12 other students, and we are all grateful. I would highly recommend the CAPS program to any student who is unsure what career they want, but want to explore their options.  

-Erin Ollendieck