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First Challenge Was Language

I have always been interested in the medical field, and I was determined to graduate from a medical assisting program. It didn’t matter how long it would take me to do or how hard it would be going back to school. I would finally be doing what I really wanted to do, which was to become a medical assistant.

As a person who is from a foreign country, the first challenge that I had was language. My mother always encouraged me to be around English speaking people even though I couldn’t understand a word they were saying.

I was enrolled in ESL (English as a second language) classes at the same time I was working. I was in three different schools before I could get into a GED program (high school diploma equivalency program). My mother always thought that even though I was a high school graduate in my country, I had to take the GED test in English here.

By the time I was ready to enroll in a GED program in the U.S., I found out that I had to first take ESL classes as a prerequisite because I was a foreign student. It took me five years before I could start GED classes. I was one of the few students to obtain a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) within six months.

Although I had to put my studies on hold for a while, when I got married and had my daughter, I never gave up for those ten years after my first ESL class.

At Hunter Business School, where the teachers were very helpful, I was successful in becoming a medical assistant. I was proud to have graduated and plan to go even further in my education.

It doesn’t matter how your life is going or at what pace you are going. Always have in mind what you want, and work for it.