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TRIO Student of the Month: Lori Aftab

I chose to attend SC4 because I had wanted to go back to school for years but was afraid I couldn’t do it. I began looking into it after I got a divorce. I lived nearby so SC4 was the first college I looked into. I was accepted into the Health Information Technology program and it was a perfect fit.

I am a single mom, and I decided to go back to school as my oldest son was beginning college. Despite the challenges I faced, once I made the decision to go back to college, I quit letting problems become road blocks and treated them like speed bumps. We will always have challenges, but it is up to us how we react to them.

My first semester at SC4 I met someone who was part of the TRIO program, and she encouraged me to check it out. TRIO has been a great tool for me. I tend to do my homework in the Achievement Center, so TRIO is very convenient. Shawne Jowett has been a tremendous help with counseling on classes, financial aid and more. Amy Hengehold is always there to talk and help out in any way possible. I really appreciate the one-on-one counseling. It is priceless in this environment to have counselors who know you and understand your situation. I would definitely recommend the program to students. In fact, I already have, and many are now members.

There are so many people I am grateful for at SC4. When I’m here, I really feel like I am at home. My program director Karen Wilson and instructor Michelle Kelch deserve so much recognition. They made the program a pleasant experience and created a friendly, supportive environment.

After graduation, I will be working on my RHIT certification. Once I accomplish that, I am going to work on getting a job in the medical coding field. I will be moving more toward Detroit, where there are more coding jobs available. Once I am settled in, I plan to continue my education at Ferris State University, where I will pursue my bachelor’s in health information management.

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