Howdy! My name is Tony. I was born in Vietnam and came to the U.S, specifically California in 2004. Starting school in the elementary level somewhat hard for me since my ability to speak and write in English was not developed yet. As years flew by, my English improved and I’m beginning to see that life was not that scary after all. Since young, I always had an interest in the healthcare field and always admired those in the medical professions. As a result, I chose to be in a healthcare/therapeutic Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway in high school. This pathway was a three years commitment but the reward for finishing this program eligible me to be a licensed Medical Assistant. I knew this was a good stepping stone for me to set my foot in the health care field and will allow me to see and experience more medical professions around me. Three months after I graduated from high school, I joined the Army and chose to be a Nutrition Care Specialist as my Army job. Now, I have moved forward from being a medical assistant to a nutrition care specialist. My goal does not stop here hence I’m aiming to be a Registered Nurse then further my education to finally be a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Currently, I’m attending the beautiful campus of California State University of Long Beach, majoring in Nursing. I have finished most of my prerequisites for this major and will be applying to the major in Fall 2016. As a full time student with a lot of stressful classes that I enjoy to take (i.e. Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology and Chemistry) I still worked part time for the Army Reserve as a dietetic technician. That job is not bad and the pay is great too. If you are interested in the Army, I highly recommend it because they give out money to their own soldiers for school, housing, as well as many other benefits.
In the near future when I get my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, I will re-enlist in the Army as an officer and not as an enlisted soldier. Once I get this amazing degree, I do want to go Active Duty to see the world and help out with humanitarian missions. If this does not work out, I’ll work as an RN for several years then go back to school to get my Nurse Practitioner Certificate.
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