Alright ya’ll, #failforward is a movement created by @medicineinmichigan. So here’s my story!
1️⃣In high school, I never applied myself. I was notoriously known as the kid who skipped. I graduated with a 2.8 GPA. I failed Chemistry. I almost didn’t graduate, somehow a Microbiology credit showed up on my transcript. Looking back now, I wish I actually took that class.
2️⃣ I was part of the Future Educators of America where I received credit for volunteering in a classroom. I ended up not continuing for a second year. And was never eligible for the scholarship because of it, my good friend was though.
3️⃣When my father passed, I took a year off and switched gears towards an EMT cert. I was a Vol EMT with the local fire department for 3 years. At one of my first calls, I almost passed out on a cardiac arrest; my chief had me go sit in the ambulance. Embarrassing. But I learned responsibility and the reality/wholeness of the statement “saving lives”. It wasn’t until this moment that I realized what I truly wanted to do in life.
4️⃣ I always hated the longevity of school, so I decided on going for my MA. Passed the class, loved learning, never got a job.
5️⃣I moved to TN, got married, had a baby, tried Dental Assisting- hated it. So I took a position at the local hospital for Telemetry/EKG Tech. I enjoyed it and all it had to offer, but always craved more. I had to quit after 7 months because I had no opportunities for daycare. Fail.
6️⃣At the age of 26, I applied for Nursing School. I was SO excited and ready, but ended up filling out my FASFA wrong and couldn’t start in the Spring. So I took a position at another hospital, horrible place, I quit on the spot.
7️⃣ BUT after an hour of quitting, I signed myself up for a CNA course so I can become a Nurse Assistant, and will be graduating March 2nd. I will also be starting my BSN in the fall.
I’ve always been confident in my abilities to swallow failure and use it to fuel my goals, no matter what anyone says. Consistently having a positive attitude is what made me who I am, so no matter what runs through my path, I will trust it, love it, and learn from it, because FAILURE DOESN’T DEFINE ME 💛