“It’s never too late to better yourself or your life,” said Kimberly Spraker, a medical assisting and pharmacy technician student at the Lynchburg Campus. Recently being named to the Dean’s List, for completing the term with a minimum 3.5 grade point average, was the first of many accomplishments that the future holds for her.
Kimberly’s career journey started as a childhood dream to be in the health care field, so it made perfect sense for her to pursue a career in something that she had always dreamed of doing. Having spent most of her life helping take care of family and friends, Kimberly gets great joy out of caring for others, especially when it comes to the elderly and children. “At the end of the day I want to do work I enjoy and love, not just something that pays the bills,” she explained.
As a mom working a full-time job as a 911 dispatcher, self-discipline has been the key to Kimberly’s success. “Going to school is hard, but you have to get up, come to class, and put in the work because when you are able to graduate and begin a career in something you love, all the work will be worth it! This will allow you to show the world and your children that you can do anything you put your mind to,” she said.
Support from family and friends, as well as maintaining a mindset that her child is a reason to further her education, rather than an excuse not to, has motivated her to keep going. “My son loves to tell people that his mommy is in college,” shared Kimberly. “When I’m doing my homework at night, he will tell whoever is at home to be quiet because ‘mommy is doing very important homework.’”
The ANU faculty members have been an encouragement to Kimberly in many different ways. “[General education instructor] Kristy Tatum helped me feel better about myself with math because math has always been a struggle for me,” stated Kimberly. “And [pharmacy instructor] Jane Wright was one of the major reason I chose pharmacy tech – she makes learning fun and interesting.”
But Kimberly doesn’t plan to stop at an associate’s degree. “I would like to have my bachelor’s in medical and health services management,” she said. “I have loved everything about my experience here. Going to a school where staff and teachers know your name really makes a difference in the overall experience.”
A- Kimberly’s grandmother, fiancé, son, and mother came to the Dean’s List ceremony to show their support as she was honored for completing the term with a minimum 3.5 GPA.
B- As a mom working full-time, self-discipline and the support of family and friends are the keys to Kimberly's success.
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