I have been a stay-at-home since the age of 19, just ten short years ago. (Shh, just go with it.) Two years ago, the last of my five monkeys became old enough to attend school for a full day, giving me room to expand my horizons outside the walls of my home, er, zoo. While I have been fortunate to have been able to be at home with my children, my whole world consisted of being fully engaged in them & only them. Combine that with the fact that I struggled HORRIBLY throughout my school years as a child, I became painfully aware I had developed overwhelming anxiety of just the idea of going to school. I also had no idea what career field I would excel in. It took me a little over a year of dragging my feet before I finally came to Empire.
I chose the Phlebotomy night class for two reasons; it was a quick course that would get into the workforce the soonest, and to “test the waters,” so to speak. Half-way through, I had gained enough confidence within myself that I decided to go “all in” and signed up for the MA degree program with a concentration in Phlebotomy, and recently added a second concentration.
I can say that deciding to enroll into Empire has already been one of the best decisions I have made. It will undoubtedly be invaluable in my future career in the medical field, but because the instructors and staff are incredibly supportive, encouraging, and engaging, I have gained far more than I would have thought possible in such a short time – belief in myself, that I am far more capable than I knew and I am enjoying finding out who I am outside my role as a mother. I can now face change and think “Challenge accepted,” instead of giving it the power to paralyze me.
Your journey and how it led you to Empire may be worlds away from mine, or there could be similarities. Whatever the case, I truly feel that if you’re open and give it your all, Empire will give you much more than an academic education. The staff, instructors, tutors, and student mentors truly care about your success and will go that extra mile to help you reach your goals.