Welding Student Focused On Future
“I’ve had a lot of people tell me that women don’t belong in welding,” Sydney Burroughs said as she sat in the welding lab at Eastland Career Center. “This is my time to show them I can do this.”
The junior from Teays Valley admits she likes a challenge and knew the welding program would provide that, along with helping her realize her dream of owning an art boutique one day that showcases her metalwork. “I love welding. It’s really creative,” she said. Artistic by nature, Burroughs said welding provides an outlet for her talents. She first tried her hand at it in her dad’s shop, when he let her fuse together scrap metal and it sparked her interest. She visited the welding lab last year as a sophomore and applied. “I’m really happy here. I’ve made a lot of new friends and I think the reason I connected with so many people is that we all have a common goal to get hands-on knowledge. It’s honestly a lot of fun,” she said. Burroughs is learning how to make her work both sturdy and statuesque, pretty and professional. “Once I get done welding something and it looks really nice, I just have a great sense of pride.
Burroughs is still deciding exactly what she’ll do after high school, but said she’s considering an apprenticeship before entering the U.S. Air Force to satiate her desire to travel. In fact, she worked two jobs this summer to save money to travel after graduation. She woke up at 4:30 a.m., wouldn’t get to bed until after midnight most days and then mowed grass for her grandmother on her day off, proof that she’s not afraid to work for what she wants. She’s confident her work ethic, along with the skills she’s learning at Eastland will help guide her to her goal of opening her art boutique. “Before, I didn’t know which talent to dedicate myself to and I finally found it.”
Sydney Burroughs was a punter on her high school varsity football last year and is looking forward to traveling to Australia to visit family after graduation.