Congrats to Harding senior Taytum Ryan, GEAR UP's May Success Story. Learn how GEAR UP and Harding inspire Taytum.
Activities Involved in: Marching Band, Concert Band, National Honors Society
What is your plan for the future? To study at Marion Technical College and become a pediatric nurse. Then work at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.
What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My little brother, LeDarius, when he was born. He was very sick and had multiple major health problems. The nurses at Nationwide Children's welcomed us and made the situation as best as it could be. My goal is to not only help kids, but help their families feel better too, just like they did with me. I would love to leave a long lasting impact on families, and not just be a child's nurse for a day.
What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? The opportunities!! Harding allowed me to get all of my prerequisites for the nursing program done besides two my senior year for free! It allowed me to be able to start the nursing program next fall as a freshman. Harding has helped open a lot of doors for my future, especially this year, and I am very grateful!
How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? GEAR UP helped me fill out any form that I had questions with, such as FAFSA, college applications, and scholarship applications. My schedule also doesn't allow me to be at Harding a lot, and I appreciate that Mr. Chatman sends me reminder emails about scholarships and events happening. I'm not sure what I would have done this year without GEAR UP!