Pellissippi State student job shadows at UT hospital

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart,” said Confucius, China’s ancient philosopher.

The heart is what it’s all about for one Pellissippi State Technical Community College student.

Tania Abdul-Ahad, 19, wants to be a cardiologist, and she’s got the heart to make it happen.

While many students this summer were water skiing and visiting the mall, Abdul-Ahad was juggling a super-charged mini-session in organic chemistry at Pellissippi State, working part-time and job shadowing through the Medical Explorations program at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

“What we try to do is hook the students up with somebody in the field they’re interested in. The idea is to show them what the life is like,” said Mitchell Goldman, UT’s chief of surgery and founder of the Medical Explorations program.

“I love Pellissippi,” Abdul-Ahad said. “Pellissippi was a good transition for me from high school to a university. The thing I like most about it is the size of classes. It gave me a chance to ask professors questions, to give me a better understanding of the subject.”

Abdul-Ahad has won a number of honors at Pellissippi State: She’s been named to the dean’s list every semester and to the All U.S.A. Community and Junior College Academic Team. In addition, she was selected to receive the 2007-2008 Outstanding Achievement Award–International.

She will continue her education at UT this fall and plans to start medical school in 2010.

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