A TEEN’S TAKE: Madison Knapp on wanting a health care career

“I enjoy helping people, and if I can make someone else’s day better by helping them, then my day will be better as well!”

Age: 18

School: Central Private, senior

Parents: Raymond and Laurie Knapp

FAVORITES:

Books: “Taming of the Shrew,” “Twelfth Night,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Scarlet Letter” and “The Host”

TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy” and “American Horror Story”

Movies: “Lilo & Stitch” and “Footloose”

Music: Shinedown

Hangout: “At the movies and church”

Role model: “My mother, Laurie”

Extra: Madison Knapp plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University in the fall and work toward a major in nursing and then a master’s degree to become a nurse anesthetist. In January, she was among 55 students to participate in CI:Healthcare, a one-day program offered by Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center and Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge. Its aim: help high achieving high school juniors and seniors explore nursing and allied health fields by rotating through various hospital departments and interacting with faculty. “The programs I attended have helped me greatly in informing on what my career decision should be,” Knapp said.

William Taylor

Assistant People editor