Pursuing a Dream

By Amanda Medress, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Making Waves: Photo Credit Mercedes Thomas

CAP presentation - Josh Egle

14th Waver Crystal remembers when she first dreamed of becoming a pediatrician. “When I was younger, I had a lot of younger cousins who played and got hurt. It was my responsibility to make sure they were okay, and if they got hurt, I would usually pretend I was the doctor. I would get hydrogen peroxide and clean their bruises and put the antibiotic ointment and band-aids on,” she says. “It comes from my mom being a certified nursing assistant—she used to bring me when I didn’t have school and I would shadow her.”

Crystal, a graduate of Making Waves Academy and current CAP student, has followed this dream. A sophomore at CSU San Francisco, Crystal is majoring in child adolescent development. Outside of school, she volunteers at Highland Hospital in the maternal health department.

As a commuter student, Crystal must carefully manage her time. “Being a commuter student affects me a lot. This semester I have 8 am classes, which means I need to wake up by 5 am to be on BART by 6 am. Knowing I need to wake up early and how much homework I have, I need to stay on top of it and plan everything,” she says.

Maintaining her schedule is both her favorite part and the most difficult part of being a college student. “There are times where I forget oh, I have a test on this day or an assignment due the next week. That’s hard, but that’s one of the parts that helps me become an independent adult because I’m in charge of when I do things,” she says.

Her experience at Making Waves Academy helped prepare her for the rigors of pre-med education. “Making Waves Academy had a heavier course load, and that really prepared me for college. There are people who went to Richmond High who struggled with the amount of work they were getting in college. To me, it was just a little more work than MWA would give me. I was very prepared for the course load,” she says. Now in CAP, her college coach Ms. Kelly helps her with study tips and how to keep track of assignments.