When I first started Allen school I had a whole bunch of mixed emotions. I was excited, scared, discouraged, lonely, and much more. It was the beginning of a new chapter in my life and I didn’t know how to feel. I really felt discouraged because I didn’t know if i would have the strength to complete the program. There was times when I didn’t come to school because I wanted to give up. I can honestly say if it wasn’t for the wonderful supporting, encouraging staff at Allen school, I would never had completed. Every time I missed a day I received a phone call from Angel Gardner, student service coordinator. She always was on top of me and making sure I was doing the right thing and coming to school. That showed me that she really cared and that pushed and motivated me to come to school. I was also discouraged because i was scared about the drawing blood part. I kept saying i can’t do it. I can’t do it. It’s was shocking when it came time to draw blood and I was so good at it. I learned from that never say you can’t do something! You never know until you try!! My advice to upcoming Allen graduates is to never give up. Nothing good comes easy. It was a hard journey for me but if I can overcome it you definitely can!! Don’t let anyone or any-thing stand in the way of your success!!