So many Ross students and graduates are incredible inspirations to their instructors, fellow students, and even the campus staff. One of those is Meta Wegener, a current student of the Medical Assistant program in Port Huron, Michigan. Not only does she impress her campus, but she was also honored with an award from the Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools (MACCS).
Meta is a very determined and dedicated student and person. She proved that right off the bat as she returned to postsecondary education at the age of 41. Jumping right in, she has excelled in and out of the classroom. She is currently on track to successfully complete the Medical Assistant program, coming to campus each day with a positive attitude and contagious smile.
Although she is experiencing success, it was not easy for Meta to get where she is today. She is a single mother, raising her son by herself. When her mother became too elderly to care for herself, Meta opened her home and has been taking care of her mother as well. For the past 20 years, she has made a career of cosmetology and has generously worked in group homes and assisted living facilities to make the clients feel special and beautiful.
Meta could have very easily settled into her career as a beautician, but she decided that she wanted more. Even though she had obstacles to overcome, many of which most people wouldn’t have the drive to conquer, she kept her determination to enroll with Ross. “I also nominated Meta because she is always happy,” shared Nicole Semrow, Student Services Representative – Financial Aid. “She says “good morning” every morning to the staff that greet her and sends her farewell on her way out each day. I am sure she is not always having a great day, but she never lets that show when on campus.”
Meta had many obstacles to overcome before she was able to attend Ross. She was unable to attend the first time she came in for an interview due to past loan issues. However, she did not let that stop her. She was able to attend Ross one year later. The staff never once heard Meta complain about her situation, and she has always kept an optimistic outlook.
Meta is now in her last module for her classroom training and has secured a site for her externship. She is very excited to get started in her externship and put all of her hard work to good use. Meta has also received the Academic Excellence award and has participated in many campus wide community events, including the walk for March for Babies that was held in Port Huron. She continues to be a great role model for her son and her classmates. We can’t wait to see where Meta goes as a medical assistant!