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Terrific Tiger: BHS senior on journey to become anesthesiologist

By her own admission, Asia Sullivan can be a bit unpredictable at times.

“My mom first told me that I wouldn’t be able to stick with orchestra because I have a hard time sticking with things,” the Belton High School senior said about her mother’s reaction to her decision to take up the viola four years ago.

“But I proved her wrong,” Sullivan retorted. “I wanted to be a persistent person. I just try, and if I happen to fail a little bit, I’ll pick it back up again in the end.”

Sullivan has been a stellar member of the orchestra her entire high school career and is eager to further her education. 

“I’m excited to graduate,” she said. “The fact that I’ve done it, I can move on. My mom is so happy!”

She plans on following in her family’s footsteps of working in the medical field with hopes of becoming an anesthesiologist.

One of the most important subjects for the medical profession is math, which Sullivan says she’s sometimes struggled with over the years; although, BHS teachers like Fallon Stafford have made a huge impact on her.

“She’s one of the best teachers I’ve ever had in math,” Sullivan said about her ninth-grade math teacher who is also her college prep math instructor. “She’s been so nice and patient. I’m not the best at math, and I would do a lot for her.”

“With math, lots of students struggle with it or hate it,” Stafford said. “I truly think that happens because they don’t understand it and have someone that could explain it to them in a way that they understood and take the time to make sure they understood it.”

Sullivan described Stafford’s teaching style as ideal for students who are curious about the ‘why,’ i.e. asking why a math problem is solved in a particular way in order to better comprehend a lesson.

“If they have the attention for detail, which Asia does, they’re getting a deeper understanding of things because they’re not just trying to memorize but are actually analyzing the work more in depth,” Stafford said. “There are students that aren’t very vocal, but then when you have someone like Asia, who starts understanding the work, then they open up a little more, ask questions more, and they get excited when they understand something.”

Her enthusiasm for learning will continue, along with her viola playing, when she starts Central Texas College this summer.

Joshua Wucher
May 31, 2019