Carrie / Medical Office Assistant Graduate
"The hardest part for me about coming to school was walking through the door because after being out of school for so long, you don't think that you're able to [do it]. In your mind, you set yourself up for failure... but the moment she confirmed [I got the job], I knew I made it."
I lived with my dad prior and when he passed away, I took on all of his bills and everything. Financially, it wasn't working so I made a decision that I had to do something that was going to benefit my future.
I still keep in contact with a lot of my classmates!
It was nice to be forced and to be pushed to do better. He wouldn't accept low marks from us and if we got a low mark, we were told to come to do a make-up test if we had to. That meant that they care about our grades.
I think they just go beyond what you would think they would do for you. It's not just here. If you needed, even for a personal reason, to talk to an instructor, you can pick up the phone because they make themselves available.
I did go to grad. That was the first time. I didn't even graduate from high school so that was a pretty big deal for me. Making the decision to go back to school and having that to look forward to, I knew I would have to work hard to get there. And I did, I graduated on the honour roll which was super. I mean, I didn't think I had it in me, but I did.
I remember weeks before grad, getting all my stuff ready, like what I was going to wear, what our plans were going to be, and the day came and I had butterflies because I knew, that was the day that I made it.
After graduation, I got a call back from CancerCare Manitoba. I screamed. I wasn't going to answer my phone either because I was driving but I did pull over. When she confirmed that I got the job, I was super excited. I made it. I no longer have to worry about how I'm going to pay my bills.
Go for it. Don't think about it, just go for it. Figure out what you want to do and walk through those doors because that's where it all starts.