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Student Wins Contest For Explaining Her Hands-On Training for Success

Dec 16, 2013

“With the tradition and history behind American National University behind me, I know that I have the best education and tools to be successful in both the classroom and after graduation,” said Susan Shogan, who is enrolled in the medical assisting degree program at the Danville, Virginia Campus.

Susan entered in and won the ANU Essay Contest answering the question, “What Does Your University’s 127 Years of History and Tradition Mean to You?”  Susan said, “It means that I will be given hands-on training for success beyond the classroom and into the job market.”

In her essay, she explained that she came to ANU so she could gain new skills and find a new career in the medical field.  She also knew that in order to improve her career opportunities, she would need the support of a university that could help her improve her interviewing and résumé writing skills.

“I like the fact that American National University teaches the current trends in medicine and gives me the personal one-on-one help that allows me to learn and understand new concepts and be successful in my chosen field.”

Susan’s essay received the most votes on Facebook, and won the “People’s Choice Award.” Have you “liked” the American National University Facebook pages? Go to and click on the “about” section to see a list of all the available campus Facebook pages.

Essay contest winner Susan Shogan is pictured at the Danville, Virginia Campus.

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tags: VA-Danville Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)