Medical Assistant, IndianapolisKevin

“For years, my friends and family would tell me that I should go back to school. I always wanted to, but I’m 42 and have two children, which I think held me back because I wanted to make sure they had everything that they needed before I did something for myself.


Before I came to Brightwood, I was a custodian and a football coach at North Central High School. I played football for a long time, and I even had my stint in the World League, which is the training ground for the NFL; like the D-League in basketball. But then I lost my job. I was on unemployment and I didn’t know what to do. I was stressing out, and so I moved in with my mother.

While I was online looking for jobs, I discovered Brightwood College. I gave them a call and decided to visit. That day, I signed up for the Medical Assisting program. Now, 10 months later, here I am.

For me, I’ve always been interested in the medical field. I loved watching surgical programs and have always found that stuff very fascinating. So far, there haven’t been too many challenges. When I first started doing punctures and drawing blood, I was a little nervous and shaky. It’s easy to do on the dummy but can get a little nerve-wrecking on a real person. You just have to remind yourself to be fluid. Now it’s second nature. I can just find the person’s vein and do what I need to do. In five weeks, I graduate and then I go to my externship. After my externship I’ll be a certified medical assistant. Ultimately, I would love to work in sports medicine. But honestly, I’ll do anything. I’ll work with pediatrics. I’ll work with the elderly. I’ll do what I need to do.

“When I first started doing punctures and drawing blood, I was a little nervous and shaky.”

I am doing this for my children. I want to show them that you can accomplish your goals. I hold them to a high standard in school and expect them to do the very best they can. If you set expectations, then you should lead by example. Just like at work, you wouldn’t ask your subordinates to do something you wouldn’t do. It’s the same thing with your children. You would never ask your children to do something you didn’t do. You should always try to set an example or at least explain why they should do their best to do well in school. I want them to have better than I did.

Besides my children, I also went to school for my brothers and my mother. They are my main support system and were the ones who always put the idea of going back to school in my head. The idea they planted in my head finally exploded inside me and I was like, ‘You’re right. I need to go.’ So I did.

“I am doing this for my children. I want to show them that you can accomplish your goals.”

The teachers also offer a ton of support. If you have the drive, there is no way you can fail. I’m not saying you don’t have to do the work, but if I had a question, they were on call 24 hours a day. You can call, email, and text. At Brightwood, you have so many outlets and so many different informative people around that can help you. So don’t be shy — come ask.

My advice for other students going back to school would be to take that leap of faith. At the end of the day, it’s going to pay off. I think that everybody should be educated in something. Even if you want to be in food service for the rest of your life, don’t just stop at serving — move up! You can go to school to learn how to be a manager. Get a degree so you don’t have to start at entry level. Even now, I can already feel the dividends, and I haven’t even graduated. I can just feel my life going up and up. If you have the drive, you should do it. Go do it.”

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