This past December, the Morgantown campus of Ross Medical Education Center had an exemplary student graduate from the Medical Assistant program. Tatiana was a model student while also being an inspiration to her instructors, the staff, and her classmates. She consistently acted as a strong leader in the classroom, working hard to make sure that each new student felt welcome and knew they would have a friend from the first day on. Not only did she excel in the classroom and with her peers, she also had many other things going on in her life that she had to balance.
While a student, Tatiana was the mother of three children and was pregnant with her fourth. She had to balance taking care of her home and her children each day with her responsibilities as a student. After giving birth to her fourth child, she returned to school less than a week later to finish her classes and externship and make sure to wrap up her program well.
Although Tatiana was always encouraging and helping others around her and taking care of her family, she had other obstacles that she had to overcome in order to better her life and the lives of her children. Throughout the duration of her program, externship, and subsequent employment, Tatiana had to follow a strict schedule so that she could ride the bus to and from school, her externship site, and her job everyday. She knew that making sacrifices in the short term was the only way to reach her long term goals, so she saved her money during those months and will be purchasing a car soon, putting her bus riding days behind her.
Tatiana completed her externship at Cardinal Pediatrics in Morgantown. The organization loved having her there and hired her on as an employee directly after she completed her externship. She is currently working there and loves her job as a Medical Assistant. Kim Hilling, Morgantown Campus Director, said of her, “Tatiana is an example of someone who had overcome several obstacles in life and while attending Ross in order to reach her goals. She is always willing to help others and continues to visit campus during her lunch to encourage our current students.” The campus and Ross as a whole are fortunate to have had a student like Tatiana choose to better her life with them.