With only three modules left in the Certificate in Massage Therapy program, Wendy D. is enjoying her education and looking forward to her new career. She talks about how her education is going so far and her challenges in the program. She also talks about her plans for the future.
CHARTER COLLEGE (CS): How is your education going so far at Charter College?
WENDY: In the beginning it was nerve racking because I was starting a new career. I never did massage before and my instructor was pushing me to get out of my comfort zone. I’m getting more comfortable with myself and other people and doing a lot of massages. I also work in the massage clinic.
CS: What did you do before Charter College and what made you decide to continue your education?
WENDY: When I graduated from high school, I didn’t have a plan. I saw a Charter ad in the Pennysaver and decided to do something with my life. I’m young and have time to start experiencing things now instead of waiting until I’m older.
CS: When did you first think about the massage therapy field?
WENDY: When I was little, my mom would ask me to massage her neck and hands when they were hurting. My mom would tell me that I was really good at it and said that I should take massage classes. I really like helping people so I felt like I was capable of doing it. I’m kind of shy so the one on one massages are hard for me but the textbook stuff is easy and I’m getting A’s. I’ve always been a good student in school.
CS: What do you like to do in your free time?
WENDY: I buy and read comic books and collect them.
CS: What is motivating you to be successful in school and in your field?
WENDY: My mom, dad and sisters give me encouragement and help. I’m doing it for them but I’m also doing it for myself.
CS: Do you have any advice for new students who are starting at Charter College?
WENDY: At first it seems and looks overwhelming but you’ll get used to it. In the end, it will be worth it. Don’t wait until the last minute and study as much as you can.
CS: What has been your biggest challenge while going to school and how did overcoming this challenge help you to become a better person?
WENDY: Because I have to pay money every month for school and deal with financial struggles, it’s teaching me to become an adult and manage money. When I graduate and live on my own, I will have to pay rent and bills.
CS: What are your plans after graduating from Charter College?
WENDY: I plan on working in a day spa. After I get more experience, I would like to work in a chiropractor office, hospital or clinical setting.