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Graduate Returns to Campus to Help Inspire New Students

Mar 21, 2016

One of American National University’s newest graduates, Diamond Williams, recently returned to the ANU Youngstown Campus to share her story with incoming students during orientation. Diamond just graduated on March 12th with an associate’s degree in medical assisting.  She also became certified as a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) after passing her RMA certification exam that same week. 

Diamond spoke at the new student orientation to encourage other students and let them know that they, too, can succeed in their academic pursuits and career goals.  Her story inspired the students as they listened to her message about perseverance. Diamond completed her program of study while taking care of her eight children and overcoming obstacles that many students face.

“To me it was more than just a school--everybody here is like family.”

“To me it was more than just a school--everybody here is like family,” she said of her experience at ANU.

Diamond shared that as part of her medical assisting program, she participated in a clinical externship at Northside Medical Center’s Family Practice.  Her career goals were realized when, as her clinical experience ended, she was offered a job with the family practice.  Diamond’s story is a reminder that education opens doors to a better future.

Photo A-Youngstown graduate Diamond Williams (center) is pictured with Youngstown Campus Director Rose Kratz (left) and admissions director Christine Habuda (right).

Photo B-Diamond recently returned to ANU to speak at the new student orientation where she shared her story of career success as she assured the students that they can succeed, as well.  

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