Many adult learners choose to take a break from school when they have something big happening in their life such as a pregnancy or wedding. They don’t know if they can handle going to school and taking on these other responsibilities. Not Ashley Rios. In fact, Ashley Rios enrolled in the medical assistant program at Globe University-Madison East when she was seven-months pregnant with her second child.
“I knew in my heart helping people is something I felt passionate about so I decided to pursue this route,” Ashley said.
Eight weeks into her first quarter at Globe, Ashley had her baby. She submitted homework assignments and studied for finals from her hospital bed as she recovered. She didn’t skip a beat, she was determined to make a better life for her daughters and herself.
Ashley’s hard work paid off, she graduated in December 2015 having already accepted a job as a medical assistant at Dean Clinic in Madison. She is currently working in the family medicine department, exactly where she wanted to be.
“Being a student at Globe University has forever changed my life,” Ashley said. “I have never enjoyed school in the past and I actually found myself looking forward to coming to class. They know how to make school fun with all of the extra activities you can get involved in and still get the job done. School can be exhausting while trying to raise two daughters and maintain the household, but Globe has really made it easy for me to adapt to a schedule and has been extremely supportive during my journey here.”
Medical Assistant Program Chair Deanna Rego said, “Ashley continued to amaze me throughout her time here at Globe University. She is passionate, driven, and one of the most ambitious people I have ever meet. She has all of the qualities of a successful medical assistant.”
Ashley was chosen as the fall 2015 Madison East graduate speaker and shared her story and words of inspiration at graduation. Watch the video below to listen to her entire story.