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Carver has goal of becoming a vet

On a warm, sunny Sunday, Patricia Carver, 20, was found sitting on a bench outside the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library. Carver was in between DART shifts at Newk’s, a nearby restaurant.

The native of Humphrey’s County grew up in the Delta.

“We just played,” she said, recalling some of her earliest memories. “We’d go to the park. When I was little, I got my first bike. I learned how to ride my bike up and down the street. Me and my mom played at the park.”

Carver attended Humphrey’s County High School, and science was her favorite subject.

“That’s where my highest grades were,” she said.

She moved to Oxford six months ago. “I’m still new here,” she said. Carver attends Northwest Community College.

“Right now, I’m in general studies getting all of my classes in, and then I’m going to go to Mississippi State,” she said.

She plans to become a veterinarian.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I had pets around me,” she said. “I had ducks, cats, dogs, turtles. That made me love animals, and I still do. I can’t go a day without them. Every time I see a dog, I’m like, ‘Can I pet your dog?’ It just comes naturally.”

Carver said she has two dogs at home — her roommate’s dog, and her sister’s dog. They are named Bella and Ella.

She said she would first like to work at an animal clinic.

“When I get a lot of experience, like 10 or 20 years later, I want to open up my own place,” she said.

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

Her website is www.lareecarucker.com.

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