My official certificate, patch, and stethoscope.

During my senior year of high school I completed an Emergency Medical Technician class. However completion of the class did not mean the certification was acquired. The path to certification had many steps. First, pass the class with an 80% or higher, then pass the final, and then pass the practicals. If all of that was completed then you were eligible to sit for the National Registry exam. This process was definitely the most stressful I have encountered so far. After I had completed all of this I had to take a moment and let it all sink in. I had difficulty accepting that I had completed the process and was an EMT. I didn’t feel grown up enough to have such a certification. This proved to me that I was an adult. It showed me that I could begin an adult level class and finish it successfully. This class is definitely where I learned to not just study material but actually learn it. I realized that I wouldn’t be a very good EMT if I couldn’t remember any of the information when I was on a squad run. I also considered this my first step down the path of being a medical professional. The knowledge that I have will provide me with a good base for being a doctor, which is my long term goal. This is also proved to me that I am dedicated to helping people. I looked forward to going to EMT class everyday because I wanted to be able to help people. I feel more mature now and ready to take on college and the world!

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