From watching “Animal Planet” and building an interest in science, to telling her relatives that she wanted to be a “baby doctor,” Jordan Oliver has always wanted to work in the health field. Her interests have evolved, and while she’s not sure about the specific type of doctor she will be, Jordan knows she wants to work in pediatrics. She has even gotten to experience first-hand what it’s like to work in the medical field as a volunteer at Johnston-Willis Hospital. “Shadowing doctors, gaining new information and experiences, further stimulates my drive for learning and my curiosity,” Jordan stated in an essay. “Equally satisfying is being able to care for patients alongside doctors and nurses.” Along with spending time with friends and volunteering at her church, Jordan’s time in the hospital is one of her favorite things to do.
During her time at the hospital, Jordan has been able to learn a lot about the field and also connect with patients on a personal level. This included a ninety-year-old woman who taught Jordan just how important hospital staff can be for patients. Not only do they care for them, but the staff sometimes just needs to show that they care. Jordan did just that by asking the woman to eat lunch with her. “Forgotten by her family and ignored by her friends, kindness was a stranger to her – even though I was only offering a chicken sandwich,” Jordan reflected. Sharing this moment made both of them happy. Jordan also enjoyed the variety of experiences she had working at the hospital. She was able to work in the mother-infant section, neonatal unit, nursery, cancer center and the neurology unit.
This fall, to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor, Jordan will attend Christopher Newport University. She described the campus as not too big and not too small. She liked the school because of the small class sizes, the suite style bathrooms and dorms, and the overall atmosphere of the school. Jordan loved that during her campus visit, everyone was warm and welcoming. The main lesson she will take with her to college is to not procrastinate.
Along with volunteering, when she was in high school, Jordan also participated in the National Society of High School Scholars, the Foreign Language Association of Virginia and FBLA. With all of her extracurricular work, Jordan worked hard to graduate with a 3.7 GPA.
One of her inspirations is her mother, who received her doctorate in her own passion, counseling. Jordan’s mother constantly motivates her to further her education and receive her doctorate as well. “My number one goal would be helping people because I love to help people,” Jordan said. As she pursues her long-term goal of becoming a doctor, she hopes to do this and even more.