Student of the Week: Karen Chavana

When approaching her education, Karen Chavana says she learned all she could from the musings of Dr. Seuss. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

It is a quote that shaped her philosophy to learning, Karen says.

Originally from Sullivan City, Karen says her motivation to enter college allowed her to skip her junior year in high school while pursuing a medical degree. Initially attending school at IDEA Public Schools in Mission, Karen says opted to apply to STC during her sophomore year.

“I just did it on my own,” she said about applying for college. “IDEA didn’t offer a dual enrollment program, so I began to take summer college classes. I then changed schools, so during the summer of my 10th grade year I went to an online school, Texas Virtual Academy, which categorized me as a senior because all of my credits from STC transferred over. That’s how I graduated last spring from high school.”

Karen was accepted into the Valley Scholars Program for fall 2017. She has taken dual credit classes at STC and is enrolled at South Texas College this `summer. She was also recently elected President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and has plans to attend medical school and become a doctor. She would like to enter the field of Dermatology.

Karen plans to receive her Associate degree in Biology in spring 2018, and then plans to attend East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas to receive her Bachelor’s degree.

“To students who want to succeed, I would tell them to know their priorities and always have a goal,” Karen said. “You have to know what your long-term goal is. For me, I want to change people’s lives. That’s what’s driving me.”

Top three accomplishments:

“My first one would have to be entering the dual enrollment program. I am the first among all my siblings who skipped a grade level, junior year. So this would be my number one accomplishment.”

“My second would be all my traveling accomplishments. I love to travel, and I often travel alone.”

“My third accomplishment would be my chance as the president of Phi Theta Kappa. I have been an officer before in clubs, but as far as an honor society I have become much more involved and have been able to travel

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