During her first few months as a Bay College student, Bay College freshman Shabree England has taken several important steps in her educational journey. As part of this, she will begin working on a new major early next year.
Though she hails from St. Thomas, Shabree moved to Escanaba about eight years ago. She graduated from Escanaba Area High School in 2021 and started taking classes at Bay during the fall 2021 semester.
“I’m just going here at least for one year before transferring to Northern Michigan University,” she said.
Signing up for classes at Bay helped give her more time to plan the rest of her college career.
“I needed to figure out what I want to do at NMU, living-wise. Right now, I’m just staying with my mom until I figure that out,” Shabree said.
When she started out at Bay, Shabree was an art major. The arts have been a lifelong passion of hers, and other members of her family have also been involved in artistic activities.
“I grew up around art in different forms, like music and my sister’s drawings,” she said.
However, she soon decided to pursue a degree in another subject she had a long-lasting interest in.
“I’ve always wanted to be in the health field any way that I could,” Shabree said.
As a result, Shabree briefly considered going into audiology. She now plans to begin working towards a nursing major in the winter 2022 semester while working on art as a hobby on the side.
In the fall 2021 semester, Shabree has focused on completing some general education classes. She has appreciated her teachers in these courses and their ability to explain topics concisely.
“They do a good job of explaining the work, and they make everything clear when we do stuff as a class,” she said.
Eventually, Shabree hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing before working her way up in the field.
“I’m thinking of working somewhere out of town or out of state,” she said.