Student pursues future on front lines
By Mallory Stiles
The opportunity to receive an education is wasted on many, but LCC student Jon Safi remains grateful for the chances given to him.
Safi said he intends to use his thirst for knowledge to help people by pursuing a future in healthcare.
At only 19, Safi keeps a full-time job and continues to pursue a degree in LCC’s Nursing Program. In his spare time, he practices guitar and listens to Pantera albums.
“I wanted to go into nursing because I want to be on the front lines saving lives,” Safi said. “I want to be there for people in their moment of need.
“I chose to go to school because I wanted to better my life. I didn’t have a lot of direction. I am one of the first people in my family that has chosen to go to school and I was terrified to fail, but have managed to keep my GPA high.”
Safi said he shows up to class prepared and ready to learn. This semester’s course load includes General Anatomy, Applications for Living, and Communications.
“I think the thing I am most proud of is how he’s been able to maintain a full-time job and course load,” said his mother, Shelly. “He is so smart but doesn’t know it. He inspires me.”
Safi said he takes advantage of every resource LCC offers, including the help of the learning commons and a personal tutor.
“I chose LCC because it was more financially suitable,” Safi said with a warm smile. “I also appreciate the many accommodations provided to help students learn.
“My passion in life is making people smile. I try to do everything I can to make the lives of those around me better, even if it’s as small as lending a pen to someone in class.”
His hard work and dedication are evident, but it is his attitude that deserves the spotlight. When asked what an education means to him, his answer was simple.
“A better future,” Safi said.