A Passion for Healthcare Drives Single Mom Back to School
Being a college student isn’t new to Illinois resident Myia Mosby. The driven single working parent of three young children—all under the age of five—had taken college courses before. She had even been enrolled at CTU at one point. But life got in the way, so she made the difficult decision to focus on other priorities and leave school.
One day she found herself browsing online and something caught her eye. It was a link to CTU’s online degree programs. Pregnant with her third child and dissatisfied with the direction of her career, she decided to explore the CTU site. That ignited her desire to pursue a dormant passion in healthcare.
In November 2014, Myia began taking courses to earn an Associate of Science in Health Administration Services degree at CTU. Her plan is to transition from her current job as a bus driver to an administrator in the healthcare industry. But that’s just a stepping-stone to her big dream of working in the dental field.
“I’m really passionate about oral hygiene,” Myia explains with great enthusiasm. She envisions progressing from a dental hygienist to a full-fledged dentist one day, and because of CTU’s Fast Track exams she’s inching closer to achieving her goal.
Ambitious and driven to quickly reach her first milestone of earning her associate degree, Myia completed three Fast Track exams—including math and English—in just one week. “It wasn’t easy,” explains Myia, “but when I want something bad enough, my motivation kicks in and I want to succeed despite the obstacles.”
And, Myia knows obstacles.
During the time she was working to complete the Fast Track exams, she was without at-home Internet access. At the same time, her car also broke down. Without an alternative means of transportation and well into her third pregnancy, Myia walked to her local library every day for one week. “There were days when I spent six or seven hours at the library,” says Myia, “and sometimes, I had to bring my two younger kids with me.”
In a less than ideal scenario, Myia’s hard work and perseverance paid off. After successfully passing three Fast Track exams, she is now on track to earn her associate degree earlier than originally anticipated and plans to graduate in November 2015.
She’s also fully equipped with a new laptop and has restored Internet access in her home, so her days of walking to the library are over. When asked how she does it all, “I don’t know,” she says, “I’m just doing it.
Myia does say that having strong time management skills has been essential in her success. She breaks down big goals into manageable steps and then makes sure she makes the time to complete them.
Beyond that, Myia takes full advantage of the mobility of her degree program. Her laptop goes with her everywhere, so when she has a few spare minutes, she’s online checking into her classes and staying on top of assignments. Having access to her classes anytime and anywhere has been a key part of her success so far.
Myia has proven the adage “where there is a will, there is a way.” She certainly has the will and is already well on her way to reaching her goals.
The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ courses successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money.