Student Grows her Education

August 26, 2008

Alexandra is an expert - a plant expert that is. The TTUISD 10th grader works on her family's 35-acre plant nursery in Sebring, Fla., and sells many types of trees, groundcovers and shrubs. She is even capable of diagnosing common plant diseases and prescribing treatment. "I know the plants well, but I am constantly learning more every day," Alexandra said. She said she enjoys selling and customer service, and feels that's where her specialty really lies in the nursery business.

Along with working in her family's nursery, Alexandra is taking art lessons and loves to cook. "I love to draw, paint with watercolor and design clothes," Alexandra said, "and preparing meals for my family and friends is the most enjoyable part of my day." She is interested in various dishes with different themes and draws inspiration from historical and international cookbooks.

This summer she attended tennis camp, enrolled in culinary workshops, continued art lessons and spent a few weeks out west with her family. Alexandra, a native of Lubbock, also attended 'Shake Hands with Your Future,' a summer camp at Texas Tech that allows prospective students to learn about careers and gain insight on college life.

Alexandra is able to be so highly involved in all she does because of the flexibility of TTUISD. She said she chose TTUISD to receive curriculum from an accredited and reputable school. Because Alexandra and her family travel often and spend a considerable amount of time working at their plant nursery, TTUISD is a perfect fit to fulfill her educational requirements. "If I need to work at the nursery on Friday, which is always a busy retail day, I can plan ahead and complete the assignments in advance, because the lesson plan is so specific," Alexandra said.

Her favorite subjects are chemistry and biology and she plans on obtaining a science-related degree from Texas Tech in the future. Alexandra said she believes TTUISD has helped prepare her for college and beyond. "The program has helped me develop the essential skill of time management, which is necessary for college, and the rest of my life, for that matter," Alexandra said.

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