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Senior sets career sights high, will succeed

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A person that always has a smile on her face, talented in many different aspects and is loved by everyone, senior Cassidy Busse succeeds in whatever she tries.

Busse got her CNA license once she turned sixteen and started working at the nursing home going into her junior year. Busse continues to work at the assisted living throughout the school year. She mainly works as the activity leader. 

“Working at the assisted living has been a really rewarding job,” Busse said. “It is like having ten extra grandmas. I have learned so much and value all my relationships I have made being a CNA.” 

Busse plans to stay in the medical field after high school.

“In 10 years I hope to be a doctor and working with women and babies,” she said. “I see myself in a city working in a big hospital. I would like to be married but I see myself adopting or having kids once my career is set. I also would like to travel.”

Busse considers herself an independent person.

“I would consider myself to be very independent,” said Busse. “I like to study on my own and independently learning so I can focus on my needs.”

When Busse is not working or studying, you might find her in her kitchen cooking or baking. 

“I really like to make cakes and it has become a bit of a side job,” she said. “I also love to make supper for my parents and myself, but unfortunately my younger brother is picky.”

Although Busse is independent, spending time with family and friends is crucial for Busse. She has valued the importance of each relationship she has with her family from a young age. Busse’s cousin Ashleigh Goodwyn passed away over the summer and it was very hard for her. 

“Losing my cousin Ashleigh was extremely challenging for me to go through,” said Busse. “Still to this day, I struggle and think about her everyday. Losing her has made look at my life differently. I try to take time to enjoy the little things and am grateful for what I have.”  

Busse’s older brother, Tate Busse is a person she admires.

“I really look up to my brother Tate,” Cassidy said. “He has worked super hard to accomplish his goals and I plan to do the same.”

Tate said he is grateful for his relationship with his sister.

“Cassidy has always been a great sister and an even better friend,” Tate said. “She has supported me through everything along the way and I’m proud and glad that I can call her my sister.”

Senior Karly Bandel said Cassidy is like family.

“Cassidy has always been like a sister to me because we have grown up together since we were babies,” Bandel said. “She always finds the positive in every situation and has a smile on her face. She is so kind, considerate and caring toward others.”

Senior Audrey Meyer said Cassidy is one of her greatest friends. 

“She’s down to earth and an extremely lovable person,” Meyer said. “Cassidy’s glowing personality lights up a room and I’m happy to say she is a part of my life.”

Cassidy has been the editor-in-chief for the past two years for the St. Francis yearbook and Rogie Dorpinghaus, the yearbook advisor, said she is pure joy.

“Cassidy is multi-talented,” Dorpinghaus said. “From baking wedding cakes to working in hospitals in Poland over the summer to placing at state for every contest in journalism, there is literally nothing she puts her mind to that she won't succeed at. It has been a real treasure to have Cassidy in journalism these last four years and her being the editor-in-chief the last two. I feel privileged and a bit spoiled to have been able to witness firsthand the beautiful woman inside and out she is and continues to become.”

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