Astoria teen juggles way to becoming pediatrician

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Astoria teen Natalia Piskorski would like to become a doctor in the future.Photo courtesy of Natalia Piskorski
Astoria teen Natalia Piskorski would like to become a doctor in the future.

Even with a lot on her plate, Natalia Piskorski is on the right path to success.

The 16-year-old junior at Information Technology High School in Long Island City is working hard in hopes of getting into a good university and one day become a pediatrician. She is currently eyeing schools like Columbia and New York University, where she plans to study medicine.

“I’ve always had this love for kids, and I didn’t want to become a teacher,” said Piskorski.

At first, Piskorski, born and raised in Astoria, wanted to go into criminal justice and political science.

While maintaining a 97 grade point average, becoming the student government junior representative and being inducted into the National Honor Society, Piskorski is also interning for Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer.

She began her internship in February, after hearing about it from her global teacher. As an intern, she works behind the scenes of local politics — something she said she really enjoys. That motivated her to join her own student government.

As an elected representative, Piskorski represents her junior class and the school. In her position, she gets to plan all school events, plan spirit weeks, help pick senior trips and prom locations, and arrange school activities.

“I’m balancing everything. It gets pretty hectic but it’s totally worth it at the end,” she said.

Piskorski said her family is very supportive of her decision to become a pediatrician. She hopes to volunteer at a hospital, if time permits, participate in a pre-med program for pediatricians, and then go to medical school.

“They are all for it. They’d love to see a doctor in the family,” she said. “They support me in whatever I want to do.”

Even as a 13-year-old middle school student, Piskorski achieved success and was recognized by her school, winning a women’s leadership award signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“It felt amazing, it made me feel like I’m on a high point [at] some level,” she said. “I know I’ve done something right.”

Living near Kaufman Astoria Studios, Piskorski said she loves seeing her neighborhood blossom and enjoys spending her time at local restaurants and museums.

 

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