“At Lynn English High School, I knew my next step was to go to college. I didn’t know what I wanted to be, but I knew I needed an education. For years, I figured my job at a coffee shop was good enough until I could find what I really wanted.
“NSCC provided me with a great academic counselor who helped me map out my entire two years at college.”
At NSCC, I studied Liberal Arts, because I knew it could help me no matter what my career was going to be. NSCC even provided me with a great academic counselor, Vanessa Bates, who helped me map out my entire two years at college. Vanessa always knew which classes would suit my educational goals best and NSCC helped me apply for FAFSA and grants to help pay for college.
I heard about Year Up from one of my NSCC classmates, and we decided to go together. I studied finance and did my internship at J.P. Morgan, a global finance firm. My internship manager was great and when I said I wanted to visit Scotland one day because I loved Harry Potter, he encouraged me to apply for a job with J.P. Morgan in their Scotland office. He was always dreaming big for me.
With what I learned at NSCC and Year Up, I was able to get a part-time job at a bank and then a health clinic. When I was younger, I thought I wanted to be the CEO of a bank, but that was before I realized I didn’t like selling products to customers. It was my work at the clinic and the chance to be a part of someone’s path to better health that really made me happy. I just didn’t like having to get patients to pay their bills.
Now I work at North Shore Medical Center, which is a really good fit for me. I’m not selling products or calling patients to ask for money. Instead, I’m a pre-certifi cation specialist and I work with insurance companies to see what they can pay to support a patient’s needs. It’s an important part of the clinic and even though I have to make sure I do my job well, it isn’t stressful.
Every career choice I made gave me new opportunities. And each choice taught me more about myself and what the right job looks like for me. Looking back, I’d probably still be serving coffee if it wasn’t for Year Up and NSCC. They gave me the push I needed.”