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West African Student Follows Her Dream to ANU



Pulcherie Gordon, a student from Benin, West Africa, is studying in the medical assisting program at the ANU Harrisonburg Campus and hopes to combine her passion for missionary work with her medical skills to one day serve others locally or internationally. 

“I spent 18 years as a stay at home mom, and after my youngest child started school, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career that I would be passionate about,” she explained. “I chose the medical assisting program because I truly love working with and helping other people.”

“The entire staff was knowledgeable, hospitable, friendly, and transparent.”

Pulcherie, who is a work-study student with about a year left in her program, first heard about ANU from a friend at church.  “My initial visit [to ANU] left an impression on me, because the entire staff was knowledgeable, hospitable, friendly, and transparent,” she recalled. “The academic program is challenging, but rewarding. It is comforting to know that my classmates share similar struggles and challenges such as raising children, and having to work while balancing the demands of going to school.”

In her program at ANU, Pulcherie feels that she’s gaining the relevant, in-demand clinical and administrative skills that she needs to launch her medical career.  “Going on field trips to observe cadavers, the hands on practice that I receive in some of my classes, the intimate, but supportive learning environment, and being recognized every term for my academic achievements confirm that I made the right decision in choosing ANU,” she said. “It is never too late to learn and follow your dreams and aspirations.” 

Photo A-Pulcherie Gordon enrolled in the medical assisting program at the ANU Harrisonburg Campus after being a stay at home mom for 18 years.

Photo B-Pulcherie (right) is shown practicing her skills in the ANU medical lab with instructor Betty Hassler (left).

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