New Mom, Rachel Price, Pursued Medical Assisting Career with Newborn
One can often talk themselves out of doing something, even when that “thing” is beneficial. But not Rachel Price.
Price started out in Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Medical Assisting program when she was 20-weeks pregnant.
“Ever since I was a little girl, I looked up to my older cousin who worked in the medical field,” Price said. “I am a caring person who loves to help others in any way that I can.”
The more she learned about the field, the more she could see herself in it. “The thing that interested me most about medical assisting is that medical assistants can do administrative work,” she said.
The Motivation to Keep Going
Price enjoyed her small classes at OFTC and said the “instructors were very helpful and reassured me when I was struggling.”
Halfway through the program Price had her baby, just two days after her summer semester began.
“I was panicking because I didn’t want to miss too many days of classes and get behind,” she said.
She returned to class the week after her daughter was born.
“I left my newborn baby with my grandmother while I attended class and often pondered on the thought of withdrawing from classes because I felt like I would be a bad mother for not being with my baby,” Price shared.
“But with the motivation from my husband, family, a few of my classmates and my instructors, I decided that continuing my education would benefit my family more in the future,” she said.
That semester Price maintained a 3.5 GPA and made the President’s list.
Price graduated from the program and passed her certification exams to become a Certified Medical Assistant. She now works at Georgia Dermatology in Dublin and relies on her training from OFTC as she helps patients every day.
“Attending OFTC was a part of God’s plan for me,” Price said. “I feel like the timing was perfect and I overcame a lot within the time I was a student there.”
“I would definitely recommend OFTC because the teachers and staff are amazing,” she added. “They will help in any way they can; even the online instructors are there when you need them.”
“It’s a privilege to say that I am a graduate of OFTC,” she said.