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Life Changes and the Pursuit of a Career: Brooke Nelson

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I’ve been attending the Advanced Medical Billing, Coding and Electronic Health Records program at Bryan University since 2014.

When I first got out of high school, I took some classes at Drury University, which is about 30 minutes away, and I struggled getting to class. So when I decided I wanted to go back to school, I wasn’t sure what to do. A lot of friends spoke really highly of the Medical Billing & Coding program at Bryan University, and since I’m pretty good with a computer, I thought this might be a good fit for me.

I was first introduced to Bryan University by a company that asked if I was interested in furthering my education. Although it was a bit spur of the moment, I said: “Yes! I’ve been thinking about going back to school.” They gave me a couple options and Bryan was the most appealing, so they transferred me to Shauna Williams in the Admissions Department.  I was excited about the opportunity and I signed up for classes that day.

I love Bryan University. Every single person I have talked to and dealt with at Bryan has been so friendly. Everyone is here to help you succeed and they want you to do your best. What I enjoy most of all is that you get to work at your own pace – there are due dates for everything, but you aren’t rushed. I can sit at home in my pajamas and go to class and do my homework. I definitely believe I am receiving a better education for me since I don’t have to drive anywhere, I don’t have to get a babysitter, and I just get to walk over to the kitchen to go to class. It provides the flexibility that has helped me succeed.  At the same time, I’m not all on my own. I get to interact with professors and other students, and I really enjoy that I get to physically see my professor.  The sense of community within Bryan University really made me feel like I belong here.

All of the instructors are awesome. Life happens and I’ve gotten behind on my schoolwork at times, but they have been there to help me catch up. A couple teachers have especially stood out for me – one was Lynette Valentine. When I was in her class she was so great – not only as a teacher, but she also helped me tremendously with some computer problems. If it wasn’t for her helping me and working with me, I would have failed. Another one of my favorite instructors is Arran Standring – he makes his classes so enjoyable.

I see my life changing for the better after going through this program. I haven’t worked since I had children, and by completing this program, I’ll be able to make a better life for me and my family and set a good example for my children. I will be able to go out into the work field, learn more and develop new friends. This is a drastic change for me, but the people at Bryan University are helping make this transition easier for me.  The things I have learned while attending Bryan will carry me into the next phase of my life and ensure that I have a future in the career I desire.

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