Erika Brown began her educational journey after high school at Cameron University as a Graphic Design/Business major, but being a single mother with 2 kids to support on her own, Brown needed “something steady”. She wanted a career she could be proud of. “I want to set a good example for my kids and be able to provide for them since it’s just me.” Brown appreciated the opportunities that a medical assisting program like the one at Platt College could offer. Additionally she had the go ahead from her mother who attended the pharmacy tech program at Platt many years ago and said that Brown would “love it because the staff is awesome and the instructors really care.”
We interviewed Erika about her time at Platt and the experiences she had in this Spotlight on a Graduate:
What makes Platt College special?
EB: The instructors make it special. The instructors and staff care and take extra time to help you succeed. Ms. Angie Gibbs and Miss Nadine Balser-Ayers are my favorite instructors because they pushed me even when I didn’t think I could do it.
What have you learned that made a difference to you?
EB: I learned a better understanding of how an office works and how to treat patients. I learned that you can’t judge a book by its cover. You never know what someone might be going through so you need to have compassion.
Tell us about a great experience you had at Platt?
EB: Miss Angie took a group of us to Willow Rehab Center to do injections and there was this patient, she was an older lady. She couldn’t speak and was scared because she wasn’t used to having a lot of people around her. I was the one who had to calm her down, so that she could get her injection. I was able to do that and she was even happy afterwards. It was a great moment because I was able to talk to her and make her feel less scared.
What has been your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it?
EB: My greatest challenge was overcoming the fear of failing. I had to learn to believe in myself and when I did, I shocked myself with A’s and B’s instead of failing!
What do you plan to do after graduation?
EB: I had planned to go right into the LPN program, but I decided to go to work in an office first and get some more experience and then go into the LPN program at Platt next year.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
EB: I see myself graduated from the Practical Nursing program at Platt College, working at an OB/GYN office or Family Practice. I would also like to work as a floater nurse and try different specialties.
What advice would you give incoming students?
EB: Don’t Quit! We all have our struggles and doubts, but just keep going. The first 3 months is the hardest, but when you get to the end, you will be so proud and there are people there to help you along the way. There are so many opportunities I have now! I am so glad that I made the choice to come to Platt and become a Medical Assistant.
Since completing the Medical Assisting/Phlebotomy program, Brown has gone on to take her certification tests and is now a Registered Medical Assistant and Registered Phlebotomist. She was offered a position at East Lawton Neighborhood Family Clinic, where she did her clinicals. “I am extremely blessed to have a job and work at a place I love and be able to support my family as well.”
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Written by: Jennifer Robinson, Social Media Coordinator/Blog Editor – Platt College