Cindy Mast, McCann School of Business and Technology in Pennsylvania

My name is Cindy Mast, and I am a graduate of McCann School of Business and Technology in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. In 2005, when I was 35 years old, I decided to make a change. I had been working as a waitress, but I wasn’t satisfied with what I was doing. I knew immediately upon starting medical assisting classes at McCann that I was in the right place. I felt I had a purpose—something that I had never felt before. I had a strong sense that everyone there was on my team wanting me to succeed just as much as I wanted it for myself.

It wasn’t an easy two years – financially, physically, or emotionally. I worked full-time as a waitress, part-time in a chiropractic office, and attended school full-time. I attended classes from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., then waitressed from 5:00 p.m. to closing on the days that I didn’t have night class. I would get home from work at 1:00 am and still have several hours of homework and studying ahead of me. When I was ready to go on my externship, I also continued both of my jobs. The satisfaction I felt from being able to do well despite a busy schedule gave me the confidence to continue.

I was determined to succeed. I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity that was given to me. I was a student ambassador, the student representative to the Medical Advisory Committee, and Student of the Month. I graduated as valedictorian of my class in September 2007. I was hired by the same medical office in which I did my externship, and am still employed there. I have obtained my certification and am now a certified medical assistant. In 2008, I was asked to help with the medical assisting clinical classes at McCann. That soon grew into instructing my own classes. I feel I can relate to the students because I was once in their shoes, and I understand their fears and their hopes. I am thrilled to be able to give back to the school that helped me achieve my dreams.

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