Coral Gables High senior Sheyla Tendero has spent many hours volunteering at Miami Children’s Hospital in the Neurology Department.
She said she would start her shift checking with the nurses to see if they had any errands for her to run. She would then go to each room to see if the parents needed anything and offer the children entertainment options such as watching movies. Tendero also would play with the children.
“It really put things in perspective. These kids were happy. They taught me a lot. They taught me how to play UNO,” she said.
She volunteered during the summer and she specifically asked for neurology.
“I want to become a neurologist,” she said. “I went in and told them this is the department I’d really like to volunteer in.”
She became interested in neurology in middle school when she read Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson and then watched the movie.
“He was the first doctor to be able to separate conjoined twins that were attached by the head,” she said. “No matter what, I needed to be in the medical career.”
She is not volunteering at the hospital right now because of time, but she still does community service at Touch Miami with Love, a non-profit in Overtown. She recently conducted a school supply drive for the organization through the National Honor Society. Tendero is the NHS secretary and student council vice president.
She is in the International Baccalaureate Academy after transferring to Gables from the Academy of Arts and Minds where she was in the dance program. She said Gables has a more rigorous academic program than her old school.
She is applying to most of the Florida universities for college as well as the University of Miami, Stanford, UCLA, Boston University and the University of Alabama. She already has been accepted to the FIU Honors College. She is majoring in biology or pre-med, depending on the school.
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld