When I first joined the Navy in November 2014, I thought that the military was going to be my career for the next twenty to thirty years. It never crossed my mind that I would want to leave at any point. I’ve been on deployment and visited countries that I never imagined visiting. I’ve met unbelievably great people throughout my Navy career. I also had the most incredible leadership. What I once thought were qualities of a leader were exceed with my chain of command. In 2016, I gave birth to a baby girl and little did I know my feelings of making this a long-life career were soon going to change. I grew so attached and so in love with my daughter that I couldn’t imagine going on another deployment just to be away from her and miss major milestones.
On April 24, 2017, I was officially discharged from the Navy and was set to move back to my home in Miami, Florida. I quickly got an amazing job opportunity at Memorial Hospital South in Hollywood, FL. While working full time and trying to find my place in the civilian world, I just wasn’t happy. There was no room for growth outside of my position and I really couldn’t afford to live off of what I was making at the time. January 2018, I went back to school at Keiser University to pursue a career in Diagnostic Imaging. The school was super unorganized and I just wasn’t satisfied with the education or customer service I was receiving as a student. I dropped out and was on a mission to just find a better paying job rather than finishing school.
I wasn’t having any luck finding a well-paying job seeing as most of the requirements were years of experience or needed a bachelors degree. Both of which I did not have at the time. I had an extremely motivating conversation with my manager and she pushed me to go back to school. It’s a temporary sacrifice that will benefit my family and I in the long run. I found Cambridge College via google, and I called and spoke with Kandy who was very informative and who then passed me along to speak with Mr. Nolan Talon, our campus director. Everyone was so helpful and is still helpful. They answered all of my questions and helped me in anyway that they could. It is an accelerated program so it’s a bit fast paced but I’m catching on quite quickly and I’m loving every step of the way. Being with my classmates since the beginning has caused us to feel like family. We are super close and help each other with anything that we might not understand. I think that’s what’s making this experience even better. I have never met a group like the one I am with. I’m excited for what’s ahead and can’t wait for graduation!