Rinna Dimalanta, a Respiratory Care program student at our Pleasant Hill campus wanted to share how the dedication and care of Carrington College faculty and staff have made a huge difference in her journey.
Rinna started her higher education at a state university, but quickly found that wasn’t going to be the best path for her. It was around that time that she faced family health concerns, and was first introduced to the field of respiratory therapy.
When she learned of the Respiratory Care program at Carrington (through her cousin, a recent graduate), she finally knew what she wanted to do.
Heading North for a Change of Direction
Within a month, Rinna contacted the Pleasant Hill campus, scheduled a tour and packed up to move from southern California to San Francisco, confident that she was making the best choice for her future. She applied and anxiously awaited a call that would confirm what she felt – she was joining the Carrington Flock.
“When I received the call that I was accepted, I was overjoyed. For the first time in years, I no longer felt lost or terrified of what was ahead. I not only saw this as an opportunity for a brighter future, but also as a calling. I was given the chance to pursue a career in something that hit close to home and that I was truly interested in,” noted Rinna.
Putting the Care into Respiratory Care
Rinna knew this would just be the beginning of her story because the Respiratory Care is a rigorous program, but she felt prepared to take on anything and everything. She faced her fair share of struggles during the program, especially in her first few months. But Rinna praised the instructors at the campus with their effective, comprehensive, patient and personal styles of teaching.
Unfortunately, after her second term, Rinna had to take a leave of absence, as she needed to care for her father after an intensive spinal surgery. “All my life my dad has given all he can to take care of me, but after his surgery it was my turn to return the favor. Seeing him struggle every day on his road to recovery was the most difficult thing I have ever had to do,” said Rinna.
Valuable Campus Support System
As well as support and strength from family and friends during this difficult and uncertain time, Rinna also had a Carrington team behind her, making it easier for her to take this time to be with her father.
“I personally want to thank Dr. Okla and Mrs. Goodman. They were there to encourage me every step of the way. I can truthfully say that they were my biggest advocates throughout this obstacle. They supported my decision to help my dad and checked in with me every week to ensure things were going well. In addition, Dr. Okla did everything in his power to make sure that I would be able to return to Carrington without any issues.”
And she did just that. Rinna is now back at Carrington’s Pleasant Hill campus and continuing to thrive in the Respiratory Care program. “I can’t explain how much I appreciate everything Carrington has offered me – an opportunity to succeed at reaching my goal to become a Respiratory Therapist along with a genuinely caring staff – I couldn’t ask for more.”
As a school we’re proud of the Pleasant Hill Respiratory Care team as they epitomize what we try to do on every campus every day; going above and beyond to help our students achieve success and become health care professionals.