Thursday, June 21, 2007

So Proud

From the title, you might think I'm going to talk about something amazing one of my children did. And I guess in a way, this is similar. Only some of my "children" are way older than I am.

I'm talking about my students.

I teach Anatomy & Physiology and Diet & Nutrition at a local community college. I teach mostly students who are getting their Certified Nurse Assistant certificate or their Medical Assistant diploma. I also have some students who are in medical office programs or medical transcription. Just about every one is a non-traditional student.

Thursday is the last day of the quarter, and it has me thinking about how far some of these students have come. Many seemed very nervous in the beginning. And some didn't do very well on the first test or two. Others about flipped out when I assigned a research paper. But they've all come along so well. Wednesday night as I figured up grades for the quarter for one class, I found they all had A's or B's. I'm so proud of them!

I don't know all their stories, but I do know I've taught many single moms. I've taught a student with 2 children who was pregnant with her 3rd. And I've taught a few grandmas who are going back to school to be able to get better pay or to find a better job. I've taught two mother/daughter pairs. I've also taught a student who was dealing with an abusive husband--she missed a test one day because she was going to have to report it to the police.

I went to college right out of high school, and my parents paid for everything (except for a few scholarships). I studied a lot and hung out with friends a lot. I worked a little, but not every semester. I was pretty much a spoiled kid..

And now I'm teaching amazing women (and a few men) who have families and jobs and who are studying like crazy to pull out those A's and B's.

My hat's off to them today.

Is there anyone you'd like to acknowledge today? Someone who has fought against all odds to better him or herself?



  1. Good Morning Missy from Cousin Wendy and what a great post.
    You have my mind buzzing ! Against all odds.........and success ? You are talking about my parents who ran away and got married at 17 years old, my Grandpa woke my Mom up telling her to get up because Jerry (Dad) was throwing rocks at her window...........they were not going to tell anyone for a year or so as they were still in school and that lasted near 24 hours ! They had my Brother Greg two years later and one of us every two years thereafter....Here they are 54 years later and a happily married couple. I can honestly say that I have never heard a harsh word between them. They raised four of us (and trust me, we weren't all easy). (Ok, I wasn't so easy) Can you imagine in this day and age doing this ? Perhaps in their day it wasn't "against all odds" but I feel so blessed to have been fortunate enough to have experienced such a relationship through them. So......., yes, would like to acknowledge my parents, my family, they are what keeps me going !

  2. That is so amazing, Wendy! Thanks for sharing that great story.

    Hat's off to your parents, too!