I have been married for 35 years to Eddie James,
who works in the Maintenance Department at East Mississippi Community College. I am a true non‐traditional student. It has always been my dream to return to college and complete my education. After retiring from Russell Christian Academy as Director of Finance, I enrolled at EMCC in the fall of 2007. I was 50 years old. I didn't have a plan as to what I wanted to study because I was just enjoying being a student again. However, that soon changed. A few weeks later, I was offered a job as medical secretary for a group of pathology doctors in Meridian. It was not a field I had even considered before, even though my mother and son are both nurses. I began taking classes in the Medical Office Technology program. I felt it would help me learn more about my new job.
What I’m doing:
I never realized this program would prepare me so well and give me all the skills I would need to be successful at my second career! The ease of taking online classes fit my busy schedule and the variety of classes offered made it easy to pursue my degree. One of the greatest moments during my time at EMCC was my induction into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. This was a goal for me when I enrolled in school and it was a very proud moment for me and my family. I would have never been able to graduate college with honors at the age of 53 had it not been for my instructors. Their help and love for what they do each day made it easy for me to succeed. I would also like to commend the administration and EMCC President Dr. Rick Young for their vision to make EMCC the best two‐year college in the state.
Attending school at EMCC has been a dream of mine, and it has been an outstanding experience. The friendships I have made and the excellent education I have received will benefit me no matter where I go or what may lie ahead for me. I am proud that I am, and will ever be, a part of the EMCC family.