St. Joseph’s Academy seniors spent March 15 off campus, shadowing professionals in career fields in which they have an interest. Job Shadowing Day is an annual event sponsored by the SJA Counseling Center.
Seniors shadowed mentors in a wide range of professions, including healthcare, communications, physical therapy and film, among others.
Makenzie Morgan shadowed Lauren Westbrook, WAFB morning co-anchor and noon anchor. “I went in thinking what I would be learning was going to be strictly about journalism, but I learned more than that,” she said. “I got to see how everything is produced, how videos are edited and how the anchors write the stories they will be presenting. The best part of the whole experience was sitting in during the morning and noon news.
“During high school and even the early years of college, it’s hard to decide what you want to do if you’ve never experienced a full day in a specific field before,” Morgan added. “The job-shadowing opportunity allowed me to see firsthand what goes on and definitely gave me the closure I needed to decide that journalism is the career field I want to pursue.”
Hope Black shadowed Brooke Lowe Roy, an Academy graduate and a registered nurse at The Spine Hospital of Louisiana. “She showed me some awesome things and really informed me about the many different paths you can travel when you have a degree in nursing,” she said.
Abigail Livingston spent the day with Dr. Jo Barrios, an OB/GYN at the Baton Rouge General. “My experience was more amazing than I ever could have imagined,” she said. “I’ve been interested in obstetrics and gynecology for a few years, and my time with Dr. Barrios absolutely confirmed my passion for helping women in the medical field. I was able to meet with lots of her patients, and I even had the opportunity to witness a delivery. I am so thankful for the opportunities that she gave me and for the wonderful experience that I had.”
Kelly Morales job shadowed Dr. Jennifer Schneider at her veterinary clinic, Jones Creek Animal Hospital. “This was an amazing experience, and I am very thankful SJA has allowed us this opportunity,” she said. “I learned information about vet school and what the daily life of a small-animal veterinarian is like. I enjoyed observing and assisting in hands-on routines, indicating parasites through a microscope, experiencing surgeries and much more. This has most definitely given me a personal insight into my desired career and passion.”
Allison Curran spent the day with Cole Brian at Contrast Films. “I learned how to handle an industrial-sized camera for filming, how to edit, cheat codes for using Premiere when editing, how to get the perfect lighting and angles for a film and time management,” she said. “I most enjoyed the creativity aspect that allowed me to bring a personal element to the small film we made and the interview aspect that allowed me to show off my improv talents. The experience made me realize that I loved film more than I thought; not only the film itself, but being in a film. It made me want to branch out and learn everything about films to find where I truly fit in when making one.”
Lauren Troxclair shadowed Jennifer Marino at Moreau Physical Therapy. “She taught me so much,” she said. “She went through her typical day while taking the time to describe each patient’s situation and treatment to me. I had a hunch that I wanted to do physical therapy, and I was able to confirm my feelings while shadowing. She also shared with me some tips on schooling for PT and offered me a possible job opportunity over the summer to train as a technician under her.”
Rachel Gill spent the day with Rachel Stephenson, a nurse practitioner at Red Stick Pediatrics. “It was an awesome experience, and I would definitely do it again,” she said. “I saw the nurses test a few kids for strep and check up on newborn babies. I also saw a leaking ear tube due to an infection. I learned that pediatric nurses in particular have to be compassionate people because most of the time, the children are scared to go to the doctor, and it is important to comfort them. I definitely want to pursue nursing, and I am excited for the road ahead. I know that it will be difficult, but I know it will be worth it in the end because it helps and affects the lives of so many.”
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Date posted: March 16, 2017