Where Are They Now?
Ambeka Rajvanshi was a member of Lafayette High School HOSA. She attended College at Texas A & M, and is now in her first year of Medical School at Texas A & M College of Medicine.
Ambeka said that being in HOSA played a "huge role in her pre-med journey."
It has been many years since Dr. Ashanti Jones was a HOSA member in high school, but she has enjoyed talking to current HOSA students and sharing how she found her career because of HOSA.
Dr. Jones is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and has practiced PT for more than 15 years. She is an Assistant professor of Physical Therapy, and Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Allied Health at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Diana was a member of the Lafayette High School HOSA chapter. She served as the Louisiana HOSA 2011 - 2012 State Secretary. Diana graduated from LSU, and recently graduated from LSU School of Dentistry.
Diana now works as a Dentist in Baton Rouge.
Mariana was a member and state officer from Church Point High School HOSA. Following high school she attended and graduated from Dillard University with a bachelors degree in Biology.
Mariana is now a 3rd year PhD student in Vision Science Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dakarai was one of the founding members of East St. John High School HOSA. After high school, he graduated from Dillard University where he studied biology and pre-med. Following Dillard Graduation, Dakarai did a one year research fellowship at University of Texas Medical Branch.
Although accepted into Medical School, Dakarai deferred his admission into medical school to obtain his Masters in Biomedical Sciences. Having completed that goal, Dakarai is now a third year medical student at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.
Rebbecca was one of the founding members of the Hicks High School HOSA Chapter. Rebbecca served as the Louisiana HOSA 2011 - 2012 State President. After high school, Rebbecca went to UL Lafayette, and then finished her ADN at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia.
Rebbecca is now a registered nurse in Nevada.
Natasha was a member of the Lafayette High School HOSA chapter. She served as the Louisiana HOSA 2010 – 2011 State Vice President. Natasha graduated UL Lafayette with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon and works at Oregon Health Sciences University. She works in the stroke unit as part of their research team studying new meds and surgical tools to treat stroke victims.
“I love what I am doing, and I do plan on continuing my education at some point. It’s always fast paced, and I am constantly learning something new with my current position.”
Shelby was a member of the St. Amant High School HOSA chapter. She served as the Louisiana HOSA 2014 – 2015 State Secretary. Shelby graduated from EMT School and LSU Fire & Emergency Training Institute. Shelby is now an EMT for Acadian Ambulance.
"I love my job. I have an opportunity every day to make a difference in somebody's life, and I never leave work without learning something new."
Victoria: I grew up in Lafayette, LA, but both of my parents are from Vietnam. I graduated from Lafayette High School. I am bilingual and was a first generation college student at LSU. I am attending medical school and also wish to pursue a Masters of Science in Bioethics.
As a child, the brain always intimidated me with its fragility and complexity. Neuroscience seemed like an untouchable topic, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to major in the field. Unfortunately, my plan to study neuroscience at LSU was foiled when I discovered there was no such major. I settled on majoring in biochemistry but actively looked for opportunities to study in the field.
By chance, I found my way into a lab and the once untouchable subject became researchable. What I loved most about working in a neuroscience lab wa explaining my research to my peers, friends and family! I also love applying the many science courses I’ve taken to further understand and progress in my project.
Victoria now attends LSU Medical School-New Orleans.
Victor was a member of the Rayne High School HOSA chapter. He served as the 2012 - 2013 Louisiana HOSA State President. Victor graduated from UL Lafayette with a Bachelor's in Biology. He is currently a nursing student at South Louisiana Community College and will be graduating in the spring 2020. He currently works as a Mental Health Tech for Lafayette General Medical Center.
"My future plan is to obtain my Nurse Practitioner Degree, but before that, I will work for 5-7 years as an RN and a Travel RN. I want to travel the world and appreciate all of its glory and experience life at its fullest. I chose this profession because I really love helping people and making people feel good. After working at Lafayette General, I knew for sure I chose the right profession to go into."
Victoria was a member of the Lafayette High School HOSA Chapter. While attending Lafayette, she served as a State HOSA Officer. After graduating from Lafayette, she attended LSU in Baton Rouge. Following graduation from LSU, Victoria moved to North Carolina where she attends Congdon School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program at Highpoint University.
Victoria has recently completed her schooling at Highpoint and is now a Physicians Assistant (PA).
Taseen: "I was born in Bangladesh & moved to Louisiana at age 13. I was part of Lafayette High HOSA for my 11th & 12th year of school. and I served as the State Secretary for 2013-2014. I hold HOSA very close to my heart and owe much of my success so far to the people in it and the organization itself.
After high school I attended Emory University where I majored in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. I recently graduated from Emory and this year plan to get a masters degree in Public Health. After that I intend to study medicine. I am not sure what part of medicine I want to explore, but a future goal of mine is to contribute to bettering healthcare in my home-country, Bangladesh.
Don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try my best to help you."
Brittney became involved in HOSA during her second year at Comeaux High School; the next year she was a state officer. She found her path into healthcare after obtaining her bachelors degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She worked all through college planning and helping with LA HOSA conferences and many other aspects of LA HOSA. She moved on to become an EMT, followed by becoming a paramedic.
Brittney was awarded in 2019 as an Honorary Lifetime member of Louisiana HOSA for all her dedication and contributions to Louisiana HOSA.
Whitney was a member of Assumption High School HOSA in Napoleonville. She served as the 2013-2014 Louisiana HOSA State Vice President. Whitney has been working as a Nurse Tech at Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge while attending Nursing School at Nicholls State University. Whitney graduated in December of 2018 with a BSN in nursing.
Whitney is currently working in the NICU at Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge