Posts Tagged ‘career’

The first time I remember a person in my life telling my I was “worthless, stupid, and wouldn’t add up to anything” is when I was 8 years old. I put on a nursing outfit and walked down the stairs to show everyone that this is what I wanted to be when I grew up. I got down the last stairs and was told to go upstairs and take it off because I would never be a nurse because I was worthless and stupid. I have an 8 year old son now and I think of those damaging words everyday while looking at him and wondering how can an adult say something like that to a child.

I grew up in foster care, my mother died when I was three and my father turned to alcohol to drown his grief. I just wanted to let you guys know that the hateful words did not come from my family, but from two teachers that were raising me. Because of that faithful day I really didn’t have a passion in school and had no one with patients to teach me what I needed to learn to be able to go to further my education, and daily I heard though hateful words. I moved to Florida when I was 21 years old, and began my many jobs, and by many I mean in 17 years I had 17 jobs. Working retail, optical labs, moving companies, telephone operator, etc. I wanted to be one of though happy people that I saw driving to work everyday in their expensive cars, they just seemed to have a life that I wanted.

I had my son in 2002, and was in a very violent relationship. I had left my son’s father 7 times in 16 months, and then the faithful day happened, he took his rage out on our 16 month old son. I left and moved back to Pennsylvania and stayed in a domestic violence shelter, not my first, and that is where I knew that I needed to go back to school and do something that I could support both my son and myself.

My current college was not my first college, I’m not going to name the school, but it was a very awful experience for me, and after 6 months I decided that college wasn’t for me and that everyone was right, I was stupid and worthless. Well one day looking online I saw an ad for Medical Billing and Coding, I started thinking about it and I answered the ad, well after answering the ad it took only about 5 minutes and I got my first phone call. It was Trace, I start to laugh because of the 5 minutes it took him to call me. Well during our first conversation I learned so much, and I can tell you he wasn’t just selling the school to me, he was talking to me about what I wanted to do and earning my trust. After an hour of talking with Trace I hung up the phone and I felt like I just got one of the biggest pep talks and I finally felt good about myself.

Well Trace and I had many phone calls after that and worked very patiently with me about getting me signed up. I started my first classes in March and I have never looked back, and never will, my eyes are set for 2012 when I graduate with my Associated Degree in Medical Billing and Coding, and I have also decided to keep going and earn my Bachelor Degree in Medical Health Management and then looking forward to getting my Masters. Everyone deserves an education, and at my school your not just a number, YOUR FAMILY!!! 🙂 I also wanted to let everyone know that they were wrong about me, that I’m not stupid and worthless, as of this semester, which is my third I have gotten all A’s in my classes.

Ann Q.

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