We love hearing stories from our graduates; late last year we received this email from Michelle Williams, a graduate of the Respiratory Care program at the Carrington College Las Vegas, NV, campus. She wanted to share her story with you all…and these are her words.
“My name is Michelle Williams; I am a recent graduate of Carrington College and now a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. My journey started just like a lot of you guys. I was a struggling single mother who wanted to not only provide financially for her child, but to also have a comfortable, stable life.
My decision to go back to school did not come lightly. I had to factor in many things. How would I afford to attend school? Who would watch my daughter while I was at school? How committed would I be to my school work while working a full-time job? And most importantly how will the impact of me not being at home with my daughter affect her?
After finding the answers to these questions, I went out to find the school that would be able to help me succeed, in the time frame I wanted to do it, and in the time I had available to learn my new profession – Carrington College.
22 months went quickly, of course there were aches and pains. However, I was able to graduate on August 15, 2011. It was awesome! I had taken my first exam for CRT and passed, so I was able to walk across the stage as a Certified Respiratory Therapist.
But in the back of my mind I was wondering… Will I be able to find a job? What if I’ve sacrificed all this and still can’t find work? I know you guys have heard this; I heard it during my first clinical rotation. “The respiratory field is saturated, they won’t hire new grads!” I am an optimistic person, I truly believe that what is out there for you to have, you will have…regardless of what anyone tells you.
As you can see I have already beaten the odds, not only am I a new grad, but I also got a job! Of course I did not do it on my own; a lot of prayers kept me calm and support came from people like Paula at the campus, and John Steinmetz, who encouraged me all the way. Paula stayed in contact with me, even when I decided to try this respiratory thing in South Carolina, she emailed with a hospital that was hiring in that city.
After three long weeks of living a country life, I decided to come back to Las Vegas for another go at it here. Paula was there for me, ready to cheer me on; she helped me with the license application process, making sure I had dotted my I’s and crossed my T’s.
So you may be wondering what I’m trying to tell you… Carrington College backs it people; you are not out there aimlessly holding a degree that you can never use. Of course you have to do your part! I encourage each and every one of you to reach for your goals.
Don’t worry about what it looks like at this moment in time because, though impacting, moments are temporary. It’s the finish line, or what comes at the end, that’s rewarding. Hope to see you guys out there!
Michelle D Williams RRT
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