Studious junior sees a future as a psychiatrist

Is passionate about music and helping people

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Eve Nettesheim, 16, a junior at Marshalltown High School, is on track to graduate from high school next spring. She is passionate about the violin and is interested in neuroscience. She would like to be a psychiatrist when she’s older, so she can be an ally for people with mental health issues, noting her first-hand experience with anxiety.

Eve Nettesheim, 16, a junior at Marshalltown High School, has a plan in place for her future, and has set goals to achieve her dreams. She is on track to graduate from high school next spring, and will enroll at Marshalltown Community College, then go on to a university.

“I’ve been taking classes this year to help me focus on college preparation,” the student said.

Eve’s main interests lay in science and music.

“I really like ‘sciencey’ stuff — I never used to — but now I’m into neuroscience and sociology and psychology,” she said. “I’m pretty passionate about the violin. I like to play all kinds of music. It’s a great way to pull your mind away from stress.”

Eve has played the violin since fifth grade, and participates in the school’s orchestra. She is also a singer (vocal range soprano) and is working hard mastering the pieces she will perform for All-State competitions.

A voracious reader, Eve said she has been reading since she was two years old.

“I’m interested in reading anything I can learn about,” she explained.

Her favorite class is chemistry, and she likes to learn about “the science aspect behind chemicals and the brain.”

“She is an excellent chemistry student, fun and engaging in class, and very mature,” said instructor Mike Loupee.

In her free time, she enjoys trail walking and doing arts and crafts projects with her younger sister, Maya, who is four years old.

“I’m pretty artsy and creative. I like to do crafts with my sister, and decorating the house for the holidays is our job,” Eve noted.

The junior said she would like to earn an undergraduate degree in either psychology or neuroscience, and go on to become a psychiatrist one day.

“I have first-hand experience with anxiety, and experience dealing with professionals in the field not being able to personally connect with a patient, so I want people to view me as someone they can talk to,” Eve said.