Michelle Sabol, Class of 2017, earned her Health Sciences - Pharmacy Technician Associate of Science degree from Ultimate Medical Academy’s online program in December 2017. She has since demonstrated dedication to her coworkers, community, and herself. This includes making a real impact since February 2018 as a Pharmacy Technician at Holiday Park Hometown Pharmacy.
Following her first 90 days on the job, Michelle was asked to lead the pharmacy's new program, "Time My Meds." The program helps both the pharmacy and patients by syncing and automatically filling medications after patients have given their consent. Michelle was given this opportunity because of her job knowledge, organizational skills, and for being detail-oriented.
In the first few months of the program's launch, Michelle led the pharmacy to exceed its quota three months early and to secure the top spot in enrollments for five participating pharmacies. The program has been so successful that the owners of the pharmacies traveled from Florida to Pennsylvania to personally congratulate Michelle and the team.
Michelle hustled to get where she is today, including taking advantage of many opportunities to assume more responsibility. In addition to leading Time My Meds, Michelle has taken on leadership duties by training an employee under her—an opportunity offered to her after her employers saw her potential.
Michelle explains how she found her way to UMA and the healthcare field while working more than 70 hours a week between two jobs.
"Working in the healthcare field in general is something that is in high demand," she said. "There is so much need to care for other people in so many different ways."
Her journey began several years ago when she became a certified home health aide to help take care of her friend's daughter. This experience sparked her interest in healthcare, and she applied for a pharmacy technician position at a supermarket chain.
The hiring manager suggested that Michelle receive her education in the field, which prompted her to research online schools. She was encouraged by the enthusiasm and positivity she heard from UMA. While she didn’t receive that first job, she did continue with her education, graduating with high honors from UMA.
"If you want to go anywhere in life that's what you have to do. You set your goals, set your dreams, and you go for it," Michelle said.
Michelle's journey hasn't always been an easy one. She faced medical hurdles while at UMA, but she persevered. Before enrolling at UMA, Michelle underwent gastric bypass surgery, which caused internal bleeding and kidney stones. She experienced her first kidney stone at the end of UMA's Winter Break, and she was admitted to the emergency room. During this trying time, she still kept up with her UMA schoolwork, in part because her advisors were so understanding and supportive.
"I absolutely love UMA. They are there 100 percent of the time—from the time they enroll you to even past graduation." She continued, "They were there, and they felt like they were family."
When it comes to starting a career, Michelle recommends having a couple of options—including a fallback. She emphasizes that the important part is starting.
"You may not get what you want right away,” she said. “Good things are worth waiting for. You also need experience. Just start somewhere—get your experience and work your way up, but never forget where you want to be, and one day you will get there."
We couldn't agree more with Michelle's advice, and we look forward to seeing her continue to excel in her career.