Q: How has the SEACM scholarship helped you reach your goals?
A: It’s paid part of my tuition and for several of my books, but it’s actually not the only scholarship I’ve received. I’ve received the $500 MLS (Medical Laboratory Science) Scholarship and the William Morris Scholarship from Thomas University.
Q: Why did you pursue another degree?
A: When I was young, my mom went back to school. Knowing she could do it made me believe I could too. The online program at Thomas University allowed me to work full-time without changing my hours. Plus, it’s important to show my kids not to settle for less than what you want.
Q: What’s next for you after graduation?
A: I want to be American Society for Clinical Pathology-certified as a medical technologist. Nationally, it’s the “gold standard” of certification for the lab.
Q: How do you find balance between everything?
A: A lot of my schoolwork is done at night when the kids are asleep, so that when they’re awake and I’m home, I can focus on my family.
Q: What advice would you give other students?
A: Take time for yourself. If you don’t, you’ll get burned out. If I had plans on the weekend, I made sure to work extra hard to finish my assignments for the week. Last summer, I went on a family vacation and was able to take my work with me. I think it’s just finding a balance that works best for each person’s own individual needs.