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Student from Ghana studying for career in medical field

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  Sandy Raimes' social studies class is full of students eager to graduate and move on.  But for one student, Asana Rashad, it took a lot of work just to get here.

"I'm from a very small village in the northern part of Ghana, called Salaga," she says.

Asana has been a student at Kennewick High for almost a year.  She's not just learning in the classroom, but also in everyday life.

"It's like giving birth to a new baby to come to America," she explains.  "Everything was different for me, from the food, everything.  I never saw a vacuum cleaner, a lot of things I didn't know."

But the one thing she's known for years is her calling in the medical field; a goal she set for herself as a child when her uncle got sick and didn't see a doctor.

"By the time we drove like 30 minutes, he passed away.  And I was in the car with him.  So that was the time I developed the passion to help people," she tells us.

It has since been a journey for this 18-year-old that's taken her around the world.

"Our kids get to talk to her and it's so fun listening to them talk, and Asana's always smiling when she tells her stories," Sandy says.

And Asana will have more stories to tell.  She'll head back to Ghana this summer, but hopes to come back to the United States and graduate from college.