Cynthia is a mom of five who once worked two or three part-time jobs just to make ends meet.
“I didn't think going back to school was possible,” she says. “But I knew I had to do better — I just didn't know where to start.”
Her journey has had ups and downs, but Cynthia says the encouragement and love she received from her children, her friends and her classmates helped motivate her on the difficult days and reminded her not to give up.
“My children motivate me to keep going when I am tired,” Cynthia says. “Plus, I have friends and staff at school that have become like family to me and who continue to push me to keep going.”
Cynthia worked in the medical field for nearly 20 years before earning her Medical Assistant associate’s degree. She wanted to move up in her career and be able to give back by teaching others. After earning her degree, Cynthia now works as an occupational health technician at a hospital in Augusta, Georgia and as an adjunct instructor at Virginia College.
“I wouldn't trade all the ups and downs for anything,” says Cynthia. “Without this school, I wouldn’t have been able to do everything that I can do today! Virginia College is not just a school, it is my family.”
Cynthia says the proudest moment of her life was when she received her associate’s degree in medical assisting. She hopes to inspire others to not give up their dreams of going back to school.
“Do not give up,” she says. “I promise you it is worth the struggle and sacrifice.”
Virginia College does not guarantee employment or advancement.