Graduate Spotlight: Emily Beard
May 3, 2021
Meet Emily, an Early College High School student who will be receiving a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts.
Emily currently attends Memorial Early College High School in New Braunfels, TX. She is part of the early college program that integrates high school and college coursework, which allows students to earn a high school diploma and an industry-recognized associate degree simultaneously.
With an associate degree in hand, Emily plans to work towards attending medical school at Baylor University with an interest in working in the areas of Radiology and Dermatology.
Emily’s interest in the medical field was sparked while attending the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Conference in Boston, MA, in 2018. During the conference, she was captivated by the live surgery exhibits and enjoyed listening to the featured speakers who inspired her to consider a future as a medical professional. She was in ninth grade at the time.
Emily accredits her goal-oriented mindset and discipline to observing her father’s accomplishments. “Knowing that my dad is a first-generation graduate has motivated me. I see how hard he works for me and how dedicated he is which is something I adopted,” she said.
The support and encouragement from her parents and teachers have contributed to her dedication and commitment to academia. Her academic excellence has offered her the opportunity to take part in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well as other national honor societies.
She lives by the quotes, “you can achieve anything that you set your mind to” and “try your best and you’ll always succeed”. In her free time, Emily enjoys puzzles and arts and crafts.