Tyler Havel's "What's Your Story?" essay entry


Imagine hearing a little girl screaming at a water park in New Braunfels. You turn to see the lifeguards all running to the side of the hot tub. There, they pull out a 4-year-old boy that is completely blue and limp. This day becomes a mother’s worst nightmare. They work tirelessly as they try and save him.  EMS and a firetruck show up. They airlift the boy out to San Antonio. Now you are probably wondering why this little boy relates to me.  Well, that little boy is me.

Hello, I am the little boy that had a near drowning experience at the age of 4. This has changed my life in a few ways. For one, it has given me a great story to tell. It has also been the start of my interest in EMS. This has not been my only time that I was airlifted to the hospital. The next time I was airlifted was when I was 13 years old. So, my interest just got more intense.  I was flown to University Hospital in San Antonio both times and stayed a week. Like most families, money was hard to come by. When I graduated high school, I could not afford to go to college. So, I started working at Texas Department of Transportation. It was not until my mother had a stroke at the age of 47 that left her paralyzed on the left side, then I wanted to do whatever it took to get in the EMS program. I want to do what I can to help families not have to go through the same pain we experienced.

Now that you know a little about my past, I am going to tell you a little about my time so far at Victoria College. I started the EMT basic program in 2020 and finished at the top of my class. I then took my advance EMT the following spring and pharmacology in the summer. I started my paramedic program in the fall of 2021 and will hopefully complete it in May of 2022. Since attending Victoria College, I have made the Dean’s list and have been accepted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (the honor society for junior colleges.) I am the chairman of the Victoria College Medic Association and Response Team. This is a student association designed to help future students with scholarships and community outreach. I have also worked several events for the community of Victoria.

 Why should you choose me? I want this scholarship so I can go back in the Fall to get my Associate degree in Applied Science and become a licensed paramedic. This would make me a first-generation college graduate and allow me to better help the community that I will serve. I would also love to come back one day as an instructor to help future EMS students. Getting my degree would help me by give me the opportunity to move up in my career and hopefully become a director of a EMS agency one day. This would also give me the steppingstones to move further with my education to getting a bachelor’s degree. I think it would be amazing to one day become the director of the Victoria College EMS program after I retire from EMS.  So, I ask you to please help my story of near tragedy be someone else’s miracle.