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Student of the week: Jackie Anderson

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Feb 6 2020
A woman smiles as she stands in between her son and husbandOur student of the week is Jackie Anderson! She is expected to graduate this May with her Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy.

We asked Jackie a few questions about herself and what inspires her:

Who is one of your role models? How has that person helped with your educational journey?
My mother was the biggest role model in my life. Growing up, I was always very shy and reserved, compared to my three brothers who were outgoing and sociable. My mother always tried her hardest to get me out of my shell. My whole life she told me I could do or be anything I set my mind to. My mother suffered the last years of her life with COPD. During her battle with this horrible disease, visits to the E.R. became second nature, and admissions to the hospital became our home away from home. The nursing staff would tell me how they could see the relief on her face when she saw me walk into the room. But, in my mind, I was always the one that felt such a relief when I saw my mother. The last days before my mother went to her heavenly home, I promised her that I would become a respiratory therapist so that I could help patients like her and be there for their families. Mom said with her weak voice, “I believe with all my heart that you will help so many people.” The day after the first anniversary of my mother's death, I was accepted into the Respiratory Therapy Program.

What motivates you to excel at SCC in spite of difficult circumstances you may face?
Returning to school in my forties was very intimidating for me. I look around at my classmates and almost every one of them are the same age as my children. But, I hope that I can inspire each one of them to never stop dreaming and reaching for their goals, no matter how large or small they may be!

What advice would you give to other students who face tough challenges?
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step!

We are so proud to have you as a student, Jackie. We can't wait to see you walk across the stage in May.