American National University

No Better Time Than Now

Vanessa Nelson is a city school bus driver with three children who decided there’s no better time than now to go back to school and earn her college degree. “I wanted a chance to improve myself,” she stated.

Having previously attended ANU eleven years ago, she came back to the Danville, Virginia Campus and learned she would be able to continue where she’d left off with the course credits she’d previously earned. The convenient class scheduling appealed to Vanessa, allowing her to continue to work while attending school. “I liked the hours — with the hours I work, it’s hard to go somewhere else,” Vanessa explained of why ANU was the right school for her, both then and now. With her kids being older now, she knows she’ll be better able to focus on school and see her degree through to completion.  

Vanessa had experience with helping a friend whose mother had died of cancer, and with helping her own mother who has suffered with cancer twice. From these experiences, she discovered that a career in health care was where she belonged, so the medical assisting associate’s degree program at ANU was the perfect fit.

“The instructors are awesome. They really work with you.”

Now into her second term at ANU, she knows she made the right decision. “The instructors are awesome. They really work with you. If you don’t understand something, they will sit down with you on their own time to explain it to you. They’re just really good at teaching you,” Vanessa explained.

She’s also getting praise from her fellow students, as well as the campus administration, for the leadership skills she’s displayed in the classroom. When an instructor had to be out of the classroom for an unforeseen extended period of time, the substitute provided the class with a study guide for their final exam. Rather than each student facing things on their own, Vanessa took it upon herself to create an additional study guide for her classmates to help them prepare for the exam.

She encourages anyone considering going back to school, “Do it. It’s your best bet. You can’t go wrong.”

Photo-Vanessa Nelson first attended ANU eleven years ago and recently returned to continue where she left off and complete her medical assisting degree.”

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