In November of 2011 my husband and I were watching TV and a commercial came on for a private college and I said to him, like so many times before “I would really like to go to school, but I don’t know when I would have the time.” This is when he looked at me and said one of the greatest things he has ever said…” Then stop talking about it and do it.” So the next day I did, I called as many schools as I could and set up appointments, I then loaded up my two children and we set out. We spent most of the day being told that the curriculum was hard and it was near impossible to go to night classes with two children. Needless to say I was frustrated by the time I walked into Brookline. But I was very pleasantly surprised to see a huge smile and genuine “How are you?”
I signed in and was taken back to see my admissions represenitive right away. This was the first school all day that didn’t make me feel bad for having my children with me. Instead they gave my little ones something to color on and played with them more then they spoke to me. I was given a tour and every question I had was answered right away and with no hesitation or sugar coating. While I was filling out the paperwork a man walked in and sat down, he got on the floor with my kids and played with them for about 15 minutes before he finally introduced himself to me, turned out to be an instructor for the Pharmacy Technician program. I told him I was signing up to be a pharmacy tech and he hugged me and said he was excited to see me in class. I went home that evening excited to start school in a few months. I told my husband and parents, then called my family all around the country and told them my good news.
Shortly came January 23, 2012 and I was in my first night of class, and that crazy man that hugged me when I signed up was my teacher. Needless to say I was a bit nervous. After all it had been years since I was in a classroom and my kids were at home going to bed and I was not there. I sat there listening to all the things we would be dong in class over the next 5 weeks, and I thought to myself that this would never work out. I was going to have a hard time working full time going to school full time and being mommy and wife!!! How was I going to work this out?!?!?!? But by the end of the night I was sure I could do it. The passion of the people I met to help me was a comfort.
Two weeks into class I was approached and asked if I would like to help out in the schools Community Crew and help with a Frito Pie sale to raise some money, I thought it would be great and jumped at the opportunity. After this I was introduced to our Director of Student Services, and she asked if I had ever thought of applying for a work study position. I had not but though I would give it a try. So I applied and got the job!!! I worked at the school for a few hours a day after my shift as a waitress at a popular restaurant that was only open in the mornings, then was in school till ten every night. I was worn down, so I talked with my husband about the situation and we decided that the job at the school was a great asset and put my notice in at the restaurant. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
While working at the School I moved up the ranks of the Community Crew and began heading the projects with our Student Services Director and also became a Student Mentor. I also made some wonderful connections and even better friends. I got to help in the planning of some great events while I was at the school. My time working there was very memorable and meant a lot to me, I learned a lot while taking the classes and learning the ends and outs of different departments.
I loved the classes I took, and I excelled at my classes. Getting my Directors award for my 4.0 was a very proud moment. Also, 6 months into my program I got my license early and was hired at a clinic before I had even graduated!!! It was a great feeling knowing that my accomplishments had got me a position over graduates. I decided that the clinic I was at was not the setting I wanted to be in after a few months and came back to my position at the school. Then I applied for a great position in a mail in pharmacy and went through an incredible detailed interview process and was offered a position, and this gave me not just a job with great pay and benefits but also a paid extern. Another incredibly pound moment was getting to speak at my graduation. I got to tell everyone how much I appreciated them in front of the whole school, and my children were able to watch their mother accomplish so much.
Less than a year from when I am writing this I was a waitress with nothing but dreams of a better life for my kids, and now I not only graduated with a 4.0, but I have a fantastic job and have made lifelong friends. Brookline was a light in a dark tunnel; it opened numerous opportunities for me. Because of Brookline I know with great people behind me I can do everything I put my mind to and go above and beyond in every aspect of my life!!!!