“I love my paramedic courses – learning life-saving skills that we get to apply in the field. But I have also loved the opportunity to pursue extracurricular interests, like acting with the student Arts Collective. Meeting so many talented people has been very inspiring.”
As a child, Diego’s father taught him how to play guitar and his parents enrolled him in piano lessons, fostering a love of music and performance that stuck. But, once in high school, he knew that he needed to start planning for college costs early and decided to pursue a scholarship opportunity with Howard County Fire and Rescue. The scholarship paid for him to participate in The Career Academy Emergency Medical Technician program through the Howard County Public Schools’ Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL). By the time he graduated high school, Diego was an EMT.
His next step was to pursue his paramedic associate degree at HCC, but his love of music and performance stayed with him. So he was excited to discover Howard Community College’s Arts Collective, where he has been able to participate in several shows and meet other talented singers, dancers, actors, and musicians, “as long as I organize myself and balance my school workload.” After earning his associate degree, Diego plans to stay at HCC to earn his registered nurse degree (RN), then pursue a bachelor’s degree with the goal of joining the Navy Nurse Corps.
“I would like to travel the world, helping people. The Navy Nurse Corps helps people around the world, military and civilians, and I find that very exciting.”