Terryonna S.

Medical Administrative Assistant Program

December 4, 2017

I used to be someone who hated school or anything to do with school. I dropped out my last year of high school and enrolled into the GED program shortly after finding out I was pregnant with my son. I knew I had to make some changes, After failing the GED test and having to take it again, I focused on making it work for my son. Graduating five days after he turned one was my highlight. Moving forward I got pregnant with my second son and I knew I could not survive off of a minimum wage paying job. After being in a car accident in 2016 and being out of work barely making it on my income I came across a UMA advertisement while scrolling on Facebook and decided to give them a call. I spoke to some of the nicest people who really cared about me furthering my education and wanted to do everything in their power to help me get there. I enrolled and started my first class in Medical Administrative Assistant in August 2016, as a student I struggled in some areas but always had someone available to contact to explain anything I did not understand or needed help with. My advisor, Kimberly, was one of the voices I love to hear on the other end of the phone with so much excitement in her voice always calling to check in, give me feedback, update me on my grades, and most importantly, encouraging me the whole way. She became one of the people I wanted to make proud because I knew she cared, and it was like having a school mom someone to stay on top of you at all times. During my time at UMA, I made good friends in discussion groups who I could lean on when needed, I also maintained a 4.0 GPA, making the Dean’s List twice and graduating with High Honors.I also encouraged my sister and friend to become students at UMA. UMA was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I look forward to walking across the stage to receive my Associate Degree as a Medical Administrative Assistant. I would recommend UMA to anyone and tell them it would be one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. I am very proud to say that I am a UMA graduate and I did it while being a 28 year old single mother of two boys, and a full time worker. UMA is now a part of my success story.


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