Medical Assistant, ColumbusKarri

“I’ve never been the one to like school, and in high school I was the one that got the bad grades. I was like, ‘I don’t need college.’ I was going to join the military because that was the only life I knew because my father was in the military. Then I met my husband. He was Army. We both went on deployment, came back, and I got pregnant. My number one priority was to be a mom, so I got out of the military.

“I’ve never been the one to like school, and in high school I was the one that got the bad grades.”

When I started here I was nervous because I’ve never enjoyed school, ever, but I was like, ‘I’ll give it a try.’ I’ve always wanted to be in the medical field, and they had a medical assistant program. I’m a hands-on learner so I like to be able to see how things operate. When I visually see it, that’s what excites me. So being able to see it hands-on and actually doing it shows me that it was all worth it. I think these are the best grades I’ve ever had. It feels great.

Who inspires me? I would say my husband. He’s probably one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. So seeing him every day succeeding pushes me. Days I don’t want to come to school, I’ll call him or I’ll text him, ‘tell me to go to school, tell me I can do it.’

And he does and he’s been a great support system and he’s somebody that I look up to when it comes to his work ethic and the way he is and I think, I hope, someday I can be the one to inspire my son. So hopefully he can look at Mom and Dad and be like, ‘Hey my parents are pretty cool, you know?’ So that’s what I’m hoping for someday.”

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