My story begins with me trying to go back to school in 2019 at 23 years old. I had just been kicked out of my home, was sleeping on couches, and in my friend’s spare bedroom. I was trying to start at Trident, then realized I was still on academic probation from not attending my classes correctly in 2015. I was also searching for a reliable job. I was working for a catering company and picking up shifts at whatever restaurant that would take me.
My partner urged me to try SC Works, and one day I listened and met Mrs. McPherson(who is the greatest ever). I told her I was interested in phlebotomy and she guided me to the MA program because I could do more through that certification. I was nervous because I had zero healthcare experience; I had worked in the food and beverage industry since the day I turned 16. I quickly learned I had a lot of passion for the healthcare industry and looked forward to finishing and finding a good job in my field. During my internship, covid hit and there were so many complications. Mrs. McPherson called me all the time and kept in touch, making sure I was still on the right track.
I passed my certification exam and hunted for a job for months without luck because of COVID. Mrs. McPherson stayed on me about not giving up and today I’m a full-time Medical Assistant with Coastal Pediatrics and I LOVE my job. Since then, my partner and I have bought a house and my life has purpose. I struggled with depression and anxiety throughout the entire process because of all the factors at play, but SC Works kept me so motivated and I owe my success partially to them (Mrs. McPherson!).
I am now enrolled in classes to further my education at Horry Georgetown Tech for their surgical assisting program because I finally found my passion thanks to SC Works. I wholeheartedly believe if I had not walked into that building that day I would not be where I am today, so thank you all so much for changing my life for the better.
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