Practical Nursing, IndianapolisFredonia

“I always knew I wanted a family. So I got married young, and by the time I was 25, I had two children. Now I’m close to being married 20 years, and I just turned 40. For years, I was all about my family, my husband and my children. I was a caregiver. I was at home. I home-schooled. I taught vacation Bible school. But I always knew I wanted to be a nurse. It was a dream I never gave up on.


My journey at Brightwood all started when there was a storm and my power went out. I had an appointment to meet with one of the Admissions Representatives, Monique, but my garage door wouldn’t open. I called, but instead of rescheduling, Monique told me about a lever I could pull to get my garage door open. So I gave it a shot and sure enough, it worked. It was in that moment that I decided to go. She could have just rescheduled my appointment and hung up the phone but she didn’t. She had such a positive persistence and didn’t give up on me. That’s how I really got here.

“I know I’m supposed to be a nurse.”

Now look at me! I’ve been in the Licensed Practical Nursing program since October 2016. It’s an accelerated program so it’s only a year, which means I will graduate this fall. After graduating, I see myself working as an LPN but I don’t want to stop there. I want to go back to school and become an RN. That’s my dream. For as long as I can remember, it’s been a drive in me. I know I’m supposed to be a nurse. I’m good at it and it comes effortlessly. It’s what I’m meant to do.

Going back to school at 40 has taught me to appreciate education more than I would have in my 20s. I don’t take it for granted because not everyone can go back to school. So I take that very seriously. I also know what I want, which makes me more focused. I know I may have done it a little differently but that’s okay.

“Going back to school at 40 has taught me to appreciate education more than I would have in my 20s.”

I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family. My kids love that I am in school. They always ask me if I finished my homework and what grade I got on my tests. At dinner, my husband feels like an outcast since he is the only one not in school! He is so cute. He keeps me focused and encourages me to study. On the days where I am so tired, he always asks what he can do to help. This year we aren’t taking a family vacation for spring break because we don’t really have the time with my schedule. So it’s a sacrifice. Everybody is sacrificing for me and I feel so humbled.

Besides my family, the faculty has also been extremely supportive. Some days I come in and am completely overwhelmed with an upcoming test. They always tell me I can do it. I love that the staff push up their sleeves with you. They don’t say, ‘Well this is what you have to do, go get it down.’ It’s always, ‘Let’s knock this out. Let’s understand it.’

If you are someone who is over 40 and wants to go back to school, my advice to you would be don’t think too much about it. Just keep moving forward. I think that if you think too much, you end up talking yourself out of it. Don’t do it. I’m so glad that I didn’t talk myself out of pursuing my dream, and now I can’t wait for graduation. It’s hard work, but I want it.”

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“I came to the United States searching for a future with my husband and two little boys. I wasn't sure how I was going to speak another language or where to start seaching for a job. I learned the language and got more confident about myself, but I felt like I was incomplete. I needed a career.”

Leslie, Laredo Graduate

“I needed to do something hands-on and slightly behind the scenes. So I chose pharmacy technician. The job I am doing is a perfect fit for me.”

Bright, San Antonio - San Pedro Graduate

“I get to help students take that next step and push themselves to be more than they thought they could.”

Joe, El Paso Career Development Specialist

“Technology has always interested me, as well as taking things apart and putting them back together.”

Cory, El Paso Instructor

“My motivation comes from seeing my students succeed.”

Pamela, HammondSenior Admissions Representative

“My children are my world, and I want them to see their mom as a successful person.”

Guadalupe, Modesto Student

“You have to believe in yourself and believe that you are worth it every step of the way.”

Stephanie, Fort WorthInstructor

“I realized that college parties, the traditional classroom setting, and being far from home was not for me. I knew I wanted to continue with a career path that would help people and benefit society.”

Natalie, Indianapolis Student

“I have worked in Career Development for over five years and still have the same passion for helping our students as I did on day one. Improving the outlook of someone's life motivates me.”

Athenai, Fort Worth Staff Member

“It has taken me three tries and three different schools to find a place that I enjoy and a career field I love.”

Anna, Friendswood Student

“I have always been in love with the dental field.”

Tyshawna, Indianapolis Student

“No matter what may ever happen to you in life, you can pull yourself out.”

Brittany, NashvilleStudent

“How can I make a difference today? That’s my daily question. Coming from circumstances that shaped me into who I am today, I want to give back in a way most of us truly need.”

Kimberly, Fort WorthCareer Development Specialist

“My proudest moment was the first day I walked into class and found my place in life.”

Catherine, Fort Worth Student

“I make it my mission to create a campus culture of family and a sense of belonging. We know our students' names, we know their stories, we know what makes them smile. We listen to our students, and we recognize them for changing their life and making it happen!”

Shaheen, Fort Worth Staff Member

“I endeavor to remind students that life will happen with or without your personal satisfaction. Do something worthwhile. Do something you love.”

Terra, Fort Worth Dean

“I was afraid because I have been out of school for a very long time and was doubting myself, but I knew I needed to go back to school.”

Kimberly, Indianapolis Student

“My parents are both immigrants. Being the first in my family to go to college has made my parents proud.”

Leonor, Vista Student

“Students motivate me every day. A chance to speak to them and show them that they do have a chance is extremely rewarding to me.”

Elizabeth, Fort WorthStudent Finance Support Specialist

“The proudest moment of my life was when I had my first interview and they offered me the job. I am happy with the place, and I love my job!”

Mariana, Charlotte Graduate

“No matter what difficulties you face in life there is always hope. Tomorrow is another day with new opportunities. Love life, love people, love yourself. You are worth it.”

Amber, Modesto Student

“I know what it’s like to lose everything then work hard to make a good life for myself and my children. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. It’s not who you are, it’s who you can become.”

Melody Ann, Hammond Student Finance Supervisor

“I chose the Medical Assistant program because I love to help people move forward.”

Rosetta, Fort Worth Student

“My children motivate me. Their father died when they were 7 and 11. Now I must provide a life for them on my own.”

Rachel, Dayton Graduate

“I always wanted to go back to school but it seemed impossible working full-time and taking care of four children. My kids are the reason I chose this field. They have a lot of problems with their teeth, and after so many treatments, I found out this career is very interesting.”

Mirla, Indianapolis Student

“I am motivated by my students who are enrolled to make a better life for themselves and their families. It motivates me watching them overcome many life obstacles and cross that finish line and graduate. The strength of my students is amazing!”

Marianne, Fort Worth Staff Member

“My kids and my grandkids motivate me. I want them to be able to know, no matter your age or situation, never give up on your dreams.”

Yvonne, Dayton Student

“I enjoy watching students evolve and become responsible, hard-working individuals.”

Kendra, Fort WorthStudent Finance Support Specialist

“As a first-generation American, first-generation college graduate, and having been a young parent, I am motivated to help my students, many of whom share a similar life experience.”

Alex, Chula Vista Campus President

“I loved my careeer in healthcare. Now I love passing on the knowledge and real-world experiences to my students.”

Margie, Fort Worth Instructor

“I proved to myself that obstacles do come your way, but when you have your mind set on what you want you will achieve it. I’m now a dental assistant!”

Paula, Corpus Christi Graduate

“If I can’t be in the Marine Corps anymore and protecting my country, I might as well be protecting people from something else — bad teeth!”

Audrey, Vista Student

“I chose the medical field because I want to be able to help people. You have to have a good heart and a lot of patience to work in this field.”

Monica, CharlotteStudent

“Having three small children hasn't always been easy, but striving to make sure they are secure is what drives me.”

Audreyona, IndianapolisStudent

“My daughter motivates me every single day. I want the best future for her. I want to show her anything is possible and to go after your goals.”

Jazmine, Fort Worth Student

“Always follow your dreams even if it seems as if you could never accomplish them. Nothing is impossible!”

Gisselle, Las Vegas Student

“No matter how hard my circumstances were, I never gave up.”

Taviona, Riverside Graduate

“I help students take the leap every day. The difference is that I refuse to let them fall. I believe in their success!”

Latanya, CharlotteAdmissions Representative