Medical Assistant graduate, Champa Mainaly finished her education at Great Lakes in 2014 and began working at Erie Retinal in July 2015. She decided that Medical Assisting was the right path for her because she enjoys taking care of and helping others. Champa initially thought she wanted to become a nurse but felt that a great starting point would be to get some experience as a Medical Assistant first. She knew that as a MA, she would have the opportunity to work with a variety of medical professionals and learn more about the medical field. We recently had a chance to chat with Champa, and here’s what she had to say.
"English is my second language and in the past I would always get nervous at how I would do in school, for example, will I be able to fit into the environment or get excluded by classmates because of my accent. That never once happened at Great Lakes. One reason being that I had the best instructors (Ms. Lori King and Hope Hinson). They always saw something in me and kept encouraging me. I was even awarded Student of the Month. Saying thank you is not enough to those who had their hand behind my success. Because of all their support, education and guidance I can enjoy what I do every day. Attending Great Lakes was one of the best decisions I had ever made. They have the best instructors, hands on learning, and great environment.”
Champa enjoys this career because she believes it is a rewarding job. She loves helping others and feels that most people really appreciate what she does for them. In the future, Champa plans on working hard to save money to start a family and to continue her education. In her spare time, she loves to learn! "Whenever I hear or see a new medical diagnosis, I enjoy researching it," and she also enjoys listening to music, watching movies and playing indoor games.
Lastly, Champa has some great advice for students currently studying to be a Medical Assistant. “Great Lakes is the best place to build your education, so try your best to attend all the classes and stay motivated. As a Medical Assistant you need to be patient and open-minded as you interact with people with different personalities and diverse backgrounds.”
Congratulation Champa, you are a great representative of our student body!