"First I gave it my all. Second I didn't take no for an answer. Third, when things got hard and I felt like giving up, I reminded myself that if I didn't do this today at this very moment I may not get the opportunity to try again. Failure was never an option, and to be honest, life has been awesome. I love my school Florida Career College, I'm also a Federal work studies student employee. So after school, I'm off to work for 6 hours then homework to my beautiful kids. To sum it up it's been a great experience. With the knowledge I have learned from my school I'm able to be a successful entrepreneur, an awesome individual, and a great employee."
Computer Network Technician
"The Pursuit of Happiness. The reason why I chose this movie is because I can relate to it in a lot of ways, like looking for a job. By never giving up, even when you don't want to keep going, you have to push yourself and you will be amazed at the outcome. It's been a struggle, but I still have to keep going. My mother, Dillas Allison, showed me what it means to be independent even through her struggle. She made a way for me and my sister even through an abusive relationship by having the courage to fight back and leave while she was pregnant with me. She then showed me how strong she was when forgave him and moved with on with her life. No matter the struggle, she pulled through.”
- Calvin M.
Computer and Network Technician
GETTING THROUGH ANYTHING
“My step-father has made the biggest difference in my life. I moved in with him and my mother when I was about 15. My biological father is mentally and physically abusive, and that scared my step-father. He knew when I moved in to move slowly, and he did everything in his power not to make me uncomfortable and he was always there for me. He never made me talk when I did not want to. He would wait for me to come to him. Once we started getting close, he came to all of my school and sporting events and we would have father-daughter dinners and go to the movies. He made the time for me and he always made sure he was there for me and still does to this day. If I had a soundtrack to my life it would be ‘Be OK’ by Ingrid Michaelson. I love this song because it reminds me that everything will be alright in the end. I tend to overwhelm myself and overthink everything. I constantly have to remind myself that nothing lasts forever and I can and will get through anything that comes my way.”
- Victoria E.
Patient Care Technician
KEEPING MY HEAD UP
"My biggest fear before I started school was actually being independent and keeping up with all the responsibilities I would have as an independent individual. The idea of failing also scares me too. The fear of knowing that you weren't right for the opportunity because you messed up or made a mistake somewhere, that's my biggest fear. I believe that the idea of a situation getting better is what keeps me going through a tough week. Just the thought itself. No matter how bad things can get, there is always someone that has it worse than you. It seems kind of messed up, but that idea gives hope knowing that things can always get better.”
- Tyrone K.
Business Office Administration
TAKING THE NEXT STEP
“The best thing that has happened to me in 2018 is finally taking the next step to furthering my career in a field that I've always wanted to be in at Florida Career College, Medical Assistant Technician program, so that I can have a better life for me and my son. My New Year’s resolution is to remain humble, focused, driven, and finish what I started. I want to show my son that even though school is tough, you have to remain focused and keep pushing to achieve your goals in life. I also want to show him why finishing school and having a career are important. In 2019, I want to remain focused and passionate about finishing school so that I can provide better stability for my son, teach him from my mistakes and different life lessons which he can use with him as he gets older, and always be involved and supportive with anything he wants to accomplish in life.”
- Letrese R.
Medical Assistant Technician
“The First. I chose this title because I am the first one in my family to go to college and don't plan on being the last. I want to inspire my other family members that it is never too late to get started with your life and make a difference. My mom is the only woman that has really made a difference in my life. She raised me and my two eldest brothers on her own without any help. Till this day, she continues to inspire me to push me to be my best self. Without her continuous inspiration, I don't know what I'd be doing with my life or where I would be.”
- Briana L.
Computer and Network Technician
A BETTER LIFE
“My biggest fear before starting was not going through with it. When I walked into school to enroll, I did it because I was in a bad spot in life. I had just lost my job and I was feeling lost. I knew I needed to do something to better my life and stop jumping around from low paying job to low paying job. I was not even certain this was what I wanted to do, but I went in head first and did it. Not only did I do it for myself, but for my 2 small children. I was tired of making ends meet for groceries or to pay rent. I needed to do something for those 2 angels I have looking up to me. So here I am, 7 months later, almost out to my externship and I have to tell you the feeling is absolutely amazing. What helps me through a tough week at school? Thinking that I'm almost done and that when I do go through with this, I will have bettered not only my life, but my children's lives as well. Also thinking that soon, I will be able to do anything I want on my own, and have better job opportunities and broaden my horizons.”
- Jacqueline R.
Medical Assistant Technician
“I have always wanted to help people when they are sick or hurt. I get an adrenaline rush saving people’s lives. I also want to make a better life for my kids… and my kids proud of me for pursuing a career in the allied health field. One of the most memorable times here at Florida Career College was learning to do vital signs and taking temperatures because I have three kids. Also, being able to draw blood. I was so nervous when I did the first blood draw. I am so blessed to be here and to be able to learn everything I am learning. I am not done with school yet; I want to keep going.”