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Wanda McCarty

My daughter inspired me to return to school, while she was also attending college in the State of Virginia. I chose this field because I always wanted to be part of the medical field and, from past experiences, this is something that I really enjoyed. I have several family members who also work in this field: my mother was a registered nurse, a sibling that is an LPN, and a niece that is also LPN.

All of the staff at ASA was great. They were caring and understanding. I particularly enjoyed being able to interact with student of different nationalities. Math was a great challenge for me. However, I was able to overcome the subject.

The most important thing I have learned was to be more responsible and think more outside the box. Living as a single mother and raising a child in an urban environment compel you to think a certain way. Education offered an alternative to that mentality. I learned to come out of my element and see a broader outlook to my life. I would like to thank all of my professors. One professor in particular, Prof. Charles Lowery was one I regard very highly. He challenged me to open my eyes and not be afraid to have an opinion when confronting life’s obstacles.

Having a career advisor like Kimberly Ellington is a great privilege. She is the most professional and kindest advisor I have ever met. She took the time to get to know me and determine the best companies she should send me out to interview with. She was able to bring out the best in me, even tapping into skills I did not know I had. Ultimately, her perseverance paid off when she scheduled me to interview with Gramercy Cardiac Diagnostic Center. I interviewed for a Precertification Analyst position.

As a result of my interview, I offered not only the position, but also a higher salary than what was originally budgeted for.

My future plans are to continue to grow professionally and continue my education. My advice to current and potential student is “Stay with it. At times it may appear hard, but the outcome will be overwhelmingly wonderful!!!”