Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Here is a story about an inspiring student, RT. Recently, I had the honor of teaching the last class in his 18-month Medical Assistant associate degree – college mathematics.  From the first day of class, RT admitted that math wasn’t his strongest subject but was bound and determined to learn and master math! Everyday, he would say “we gotta work our brains like we work our muscles!”

So what makes RT so inspiring?

  • RT is 47 years old and decided 18 months ago that he wanted to provide a better opportunity for himself and his family, so he went back to school.
  • He’s a divorced father with four children.
  • He worked 12-hour shifts, 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m., three days a week while coming to my class.
  • When he wasn’t working shift work, he was doing lawn jobs to make ends meet.
  • He also worked with a Care Giver service helping transport the elderly to and from physical therapy and hospital care.
  • RT is a certified fitness trainer and works out intensely. He plans to work-out with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next summer during football training camp.
  • He never missed a day of class and came in every morning with a smile on his face.

When RT took the final exam, he was the last one to leave. He made the highest grade on the final exam, and he finished with the best overall grade in both math classes I taught that term.  Not bad for someone who was a bit apprehensive and anxious when he started math class.

RT is working on his externship now which is the last requirement before receiving his diploma. His dream is to have his own business using the Medical Assistant degree, fitness training and his own heart of gold. His goal is to help people recovering from surgery, sports injury, accidents or other physical limitations to have a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

I have no doubt that RT will be successful and will touch a lot of lives positively. And who knows . . . we could see the oldest walk-on player for the Tampa Bay Bucs next year!

Bea positive . . . because where there’s a will, there’s a way! Just look at RT!

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It’s only superstitious if you don’t win!

The lucky penny

The lucky penny

Ahhhh …. Saturday college football and there were so many key SEC team match-ups. Thursday night, Oregon Ducks lost to Arizona in a major college football upset. Saturday afternoon when we left home, #12 Mississippi State was beating up on #6 Texas A&M. Alabama and Ole Miss were playing at 3:30 EST. Being the die-hard Auburn fan that I am, it’s so hard for me to pull for Bama – Go Rebels! Auburn had a legitimate chance to move up in the polls!!

I was dressed in my Auburn orange t-shirt from the 2010 National Football Championship and my lucky AU earrings. We had to run a few errands Saturday afternoon but would be back for the 7:00 p.m. EST kick-off between #5 Auburn and #15 LSU. As I stepped out of the car, I saw a shiny penny on the pavement. What the heck – it’s only superstitious if you don’t win!

Well, as the evening wore on, #4 Oklahoma Sooners lost to unranked TCU. Not long after the Auburn vs. LSU game started, I watched Ole Miss beat Bama and the Auburn crowd went wild!!! Auburn played their best game of the season (in my opinion) and beat LSU by a commanding 41-7 score.

So, I will continue my game day ritual and wear my lucky AU earrings, my orange and blue bracelet, and wear t-shirts that have only experienced Auburn football wins. The lucky penny . . . well, in my mind, that helped Ole Miss beat Bama!

Have a terrific week and remember to Bea Positive and War Eagle!!!

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