Stephan Quintin is multi-tasking kind of guy – one of those who doesn't let grass grow under his feet. His interests are numerous, as well as varied, and he keeps moving toward his goal. The 2011 Choctawhatchee High School graduate is a second year student at Northwest Florida State College, is on the cusp of receiving his AA degree, and is preparing for life afterwards.
His main collegiate interests are in the sciences which will lead him to a degree in Health Sciences, most likely at the University of West Florida. His particular interests seemingly don't lend themselves to medical school, but more toward alternative, preventative medicine and low cost care. He admits that this path might possibly lead to Chiropractic School, but only time will tell.
As the recipient of the Carlton Tucker Scholarship offered through the NWFSC Foundation,
which is designed for a student with an interest in sailing, Stephan began that pastime
at the young age of 8 in a single hull sailboat with his grandfather. Not owning his
own boat makes it difficult to get on the water as much as he would like, but the
health/sports enthusiast goes as often as he can.
With a heart for kids, Stephan has found one other niche and serves as a volunteer youth pastor at Gulf Coast City Church in Fort Walton Beach. Working with an affiliate organization, he's also been to Nicaragua twice on mission trips where he practices what he preaches about serving others. With a Spanish father, and having lived in Argentina for two years as a child, Stephan is bi-lingual, so often is called upon to serve as the translator while on the mission field.
His choice to come to NWFSC was a fairly easy one. It's close to home and his family, but he was also really impressed by the small class size that allowed a lot of personal interaction with faculty and other students. "This is how I learn best," said Stephan. "NWFSC creates the ideal learning environment where natural debate takes place. I have learned so much just with this back and forth among other students, the instructor and myself." He also credits faculty enthusiasm for his success at NWFSC. "I never really liked Botany and took it just because it was a science," he notes. "But Dr. Baker loved the subject; she taught her students with a great deal of excitement and I came away really enjoying the subject." He also credits Dr. Frank Wilderman, Dr. Charlie Myers, and Dr. Guy Heath with having a special impact on him.
In his off-class hours, Stephan works in a two-man appliance repair shop, is a Cross-Fit enthusiast, sails, volunteers as a youth Minister and leads a Bible Study at his church. That pretty much fits anyone's description of a multi-tasker.