For Danica Molina, the first time was the charm.
Although Molina was the first Carroll student to compete in the Wisconsin Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda competition, she won two first-place awards, one for desktop publishing and one for business presentation.
With those wins, she has qualified to compete in the national competition in late June in San Antonio, Texas. Although Carroll does not have an official student chapter of FBLA – PBL, Molina entered the competition as an individual affiliated with Carroll.
“When the winners were announced, I was so astonished,” Molina recalled, adding that the most difficult part of the state competition was memorizing her business presentation. “I’ve always been driven to do my best and business is where I thrive. I always felt like that’s where I belonged.”
She graduated from Carroll in May with a double major in healthcare administration and graphic communication, with a minor in marketing. Originally, Molina was a business administration major but found healthcare administration a more compelling option.
She says her affinity for healthcare began with her grandfather, who for a time attended the Caring Place day program in Waukesha. Molina volunteered there for about a year until Caring Place staff approached her to become an employee conducting activity groups. Her personal interests led to professional aspirations.
“I helped take care of my grandfather, and it gave me such an aspect of respect for the elderly,” she said. “Seniors are such an asset to our society, and we can learn so much from them and they can learn so much from a younger person, so it goes both ways.”
“I finally found something I was very passionate about,” Molina said. “I see myself down the line administering a smaller hospital or clinic and being a leader in that role.”