Student Profile: Haley Rucker

Happy Friday! We have our last student profile of the summer! Today, we feature Haley Rucker.

-Where did you grow up? Where did you graduate from high school?

I grew up in Wisconsin Rapids and graduated from Lincoln High School in 2011.

-What is your program, and why did you choose it?

I’m in the Dental Assistant program, I’ve been in health care as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) for the past 8 years now and I wanted to further my education. I struggled choosing a program because I was in two other health care programs before and realized it wasn’t for me. After a year-and-a-half off, it gave me time to think about what career I wanted to pursue. I saw that Western had the Dental Assisting program. So I job shadowed and did a lot of research and finally realized this is where I need to be. I was very excited to get into the program and finally further my education.

-Who has been your favorite instructor at Western?

A huge thumbs up to Lisa Mikkelson, she has gonna above and beyond to help myself and my classmates.

-What do you like about Western?

Western has a “home-like” feeling to it, and that really helped me ease my anxieties about going back to school. Everyone has been very helpful and friendly. Also, the campus looks phenomenal after all the construction, definitely worth the wait.

-Future career goals?

After the Dental Assistant program and working in the field for a few years, I would like to go back to school to be a dental hygienist. That’s the goal! But I have a feeling that I’ll really enjoy what I’ll be doing as a dental assistant so the dental hygienist idea will more than likely stay on the back burner.

-Advice for future students?

Don’t rush yourself to go back to school. Take a year or two off and explore what careers really peek your interest. It’s alright if you don’t have a plan for right out of high school, it took me seven years to figure out what I wanted to do for a career. If you plan on going to college right out of high school, get all your general education courses done so you can focus on your program’s core classes when you decide what you’d like to do.

Thank you, Haley! Best of luck!