It’s been 25 years since Amy W. attended school. She worked as a caregiver for close to 17 years and is now a Medical Assisting student who attends the East Wenatchee, WA campus. Amy talks about why she got into the Certificate in Medical Assistant (MA) program, what’s motivating her to be successful and what her plans are for the future.
Charter Success (CS): What did you do before Charter College and why did you choose medical assisting?
AMY: I had worked close to 17 years as a live in house manager (care giver). For 10 of those years, I had an addiction that had a major impact on my life and I had to overcome it before I could move forward with my life.
CS: Were you nervous on your first day of school and how is it going so far?
AMY: I was really nervous; especially after I realized that I would be the oldest person in the class. After getting to know everyone, a couple of students remind me of my kids and now I feel right at home. I ask a lot of extra questions and, right now, we’re learning the fundamentals of technology. I know how to look at the internet and work Facebook but I don’t know how to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint which we are learning now. My classmates are quick to help me if there is something I don’t understand.
CS: What advice would you give to anyone that is struggling through an addiction whether its drugs, alcohol or anything else?
AMY: I came to a point where I just decided that I was done and would never touch it again. I was fortunate to be successful without attending rehab or an anonymous group. I first had to accept that I was an addict and that no one could change me but me. It’s all about choices. I took a look at the big picture and realized that I wasn’t going anywhere. I put my head to it and got out of it. I’m going to make it if it’s the last thing I do. I plan on graduating from Charter College on June 16, 2016.
CS: How did you balance school, work and home?
AMY: Before I first started at Charter College, I really thought I would be able to juggle work, home and going to school full-time. I soon realized that a job would be too much and that I should put my focus into school.
CS: What is motivating you to stay in school and be successful?
AMY: Knowing that I’ve set my mind to achieving my goals and to make sure I’m here every day. For me, this is an achievement. I want to earn a perfect attendance pin in every mod. I get a lot of encouragement from Angela, our campus manager, my classmates and my grandmother who I live with.
CS: What do you like to do in your free time when you’re not in school or doing homework?
AMY: I’m at school every day and would be here on weekends if I could. I love to spend time with my nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. It’s like I have 9 children and they fill a void for me. Four years ago, I lost my sister to cancer and she left behind three young boys.
CS: What is your long-term goal after Charter College?
AMY: I want to work in a medical clinic or specialty office. I am currently a patient at several specialty offices and my therapist is also my mentor. Everyone from these offices know that I’m attending school and they are proud of me. They always ask how it’s going at school and I tell them I love it.