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Mom Pursues Own College Dreams after Putting Kids through College



Mar 31, 2015

Paula Willoughby has always had a compassionate side and genuinely cares for people in need, and when her sister had a stroke, Paula felt a strong pull toward a career in the health care field. Ultimately, it was being laid off from her job that gave her the final push she needed to attend college for the first time and pursue her career goals.

After paying for her son’s education, Paula explained, “it was time for me to earn my degree.” As a medical assisting student at American National University's Cincinnati Campus, Paula has excelled in her academic achievements and has reached numerous personal goals, such as becoming an honors student and making the Dean’s List for multiple terms. Making the Dean’s List was important to Paula because her son was on his school’s Dean’s List several times, and her daughter was on the Dean’s List throughout her college years, as well. “I was proud of my children’s accomplishments, and I wanted them to be proud of my accomplishments too,” she shared. 

In addition to her academic achievements, Paula has volunteered her time at campus and community health fairs to strengthen her skills while also giving back to the community. Paula is happy with her choice to enroll at the Cincinnati Campus and is excited for her future as a medical assistant. “I am reinventing myself from a laborer to a health care professional,” she declared.  

Paula Willoughby was delighted to make the Dean’s List, following in the footsteps of her children’s academic achievements.

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