Medical Assistant, NashvilleCassandra
“I am officially graduated. I am done, and I have a phone interview coming up. I’m so proud that I actually finished something. I’ve been a big quitter on things and have thought about quitting the Medical Assistant program here. But they wouldn’t let me.
I was just so tired. Mentally, physically and emotionally. I was exhausted. When you’re a single mom and you have somebody looking at you, you know that you have to do better for them. You kind of don’t have a choice but to step it up, put your big girl panties on and go.
It’s been a lot of sleepless nights, especially with a preemie. I started school when my daughter Carly was two months old. With us being in the NICU for a month, she had to eat every three hours, so we were waking up a lot in the middle of the night. Once we got home, she got a routine and she’s a pretty good sleeper. She’s still a good sleeper. She’s so spoiled, though. So, so spoiled.
“I’m so proud that I actually finished something.”
When I would get so tired with Carly, I’d ask myself, ‘What did I get myself into?’ It’s hard to hold a baby and do homework, but anything worthwhile is not going to be easy. You have to have that equal balance, and it’s hard to do that as a new mom. I didn’t know what balance was. When I am at school, my sister keeps her. I have a very good family support system. Along with my mom, and my sister, and grandfather.
My grandfather was in the hospital for two weeks. Just seeing how my grandfather was treated and everything that they had to do, I knew that it was what I had always wanted to do with my life.
When people don’t feel good, they want somebody to come in and smile at them. Some people have no idea what just a smile can do. I’ve always just wanted to help people. Everything I went to school for pretty much was to help people. My grandad asks me every day about school. He tells all his friends that I am the nurse of the family, I have to remind him that I am not a nurse, but it’s nice to see him so happy.
“When you’re a single mom and you have somebody looking at you, you know that you have to do better for them.”
Picking Brightwood is a funny story. I had actually had an interview with another school and I thought I might go with them. They asked me to come check out Brightwood before making the final decision. I came in and I signed up that very day. I started within two weeks. I had to bring my daughter with me to my interview at Brightwood and everyone was so friendly here. Their personalities clicked with mine. As soon as I walked in, I knew it was a good fit.
This has been the only school that goes out of their way to help students. The people that work here, especially at this campus, they love their students. They would move the world for their students.
All of the instructors are great and have been in the field. Teachers jump in to help no matter what. They know what they’re doing. Who wants to learn something from someone who has never done some of these things before? This is all hands-on. You can’t just learn it from a book.
Ms. C has been my heaven-sent. If I have questions or don’t understand something, she’s always there. I can call her and she’ll help me. I recommend everyone having a Ms. C in their life.
I plan on coming back here for my associate’s degree. I plan on taking a year off and spending some time with my daughter while working. If she’s proud of me, then that’s everything.”