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An Interview With Ameritech Students


 

Ameritech student interviews

 

Put the books down for a minute and meet a few fellow students!

At Ameritech, you’ll meet older students who have put their children through college and are now taking their turn. Others are fresh out of high school and anxious to get a headstart on their careers. You’ll find students in the midst of raising families, working multiple jobs, or putting all their focus on school.

People of all ages and from all walks of life find a home at Ameritech. Our reasons for being here are different, but our values are the same: Service, caring, and integrity.

We wanted to know what life was really like for our hardworking students, so we asked a few of them to give us the scoop.

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A student learning to serve

Meet Morgan Lowe! This Hamilton-playing California native is friendly and kind. Just don’t ask her where her super-secret study spot is on campus … or else.

Hi, Morgan! What’s your field of study?

I just finished my first semester of Ameritech’s Nursing program, but in all reality it is just a way to learn how to get away with murder. (LOL)

Ameritech student Morgan Lowe

Will this be your first career? If not, what did you do before going back to school at Ameritech?

I have a bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy from BYU. Before going back to school, I worked with at-risk youth and addiction recovery at a treatment center.

Cool! So where are you from?

I am from Santa Rosa, California. It’s about an hour north of San Francisco. Picture where the dad in “The Parent Trap” lives (the vineyard), and it’s the same place!

Favorite scrub color?

Well, my favorite color changes on a daily basis. I really like turquoise but I would probably have to say red for scrubs because maybe you’d see less blood … if you get blood on your scrubs?

Worst pattern you’ve ever seen on scrubs?

My brother was in the ER once and the doctor came in wearing a scrub shirt tucked into his dockers. Hands down, worst thing I’ve seen and I basically lost any respect I had for that doctor.

Latest you’ve ever stayed awake studying?

Probably 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. It doesn’t happen very often though; I need my sleep and tend to get cranky/cuddly/giggly if I don’t get enough sleep.

Right. Us, too. What’s your favorite study snack?

I love white chocolate M&Ms! I just discovered them because it’s Christmas, but they are delightful.

Weirdest study snack?

Cookie butter and pretzels! It’s only weird because the pretzels are gluten free because I normally avoid gluten but with cookie butter you are basically just canceling that out, so I should probably just buy normal pretzels — it would be more economical.

Favorite place at Ameritech to study?

I feel like this is a trick question. You can’t tell people about the good study spots because then they’ll take them. So … I’m taking this one to the grave.

If you stacked all of your textbooks and reading material, how high would they reach?

So, if we are just counting nursing school books, I only have first and second semester books so they wouldn’t reach that high. But if you include the fact that I already have a degree and I am an avid reader and Barnes and Noble addict, then I would say that you would probably get to the top of a really tall totem pole. Or the roof of Ameritech.

What’s your favorite way to relax on the weekend, or after work/school?

I love to watch movies/TV shows. I work for a non-profit organization that does humanitarian work. I love to travel, I crochet, I paint, I love the musical “Hamilton” (I am currently learning all of the rap parts), and I work on my deer hunting skills.

Why are you going to school?

Becoming a nurse is something I have wanted to do since I was 16. It’s taken me a lot of hard work to get here, but it also drives me each day to do my best.

A nursing student’s new career

William Pennington is a young first-time nursing student who splits his time between school and his family.

Ameritech student William PenningtonWhere are you from, William?

Draper, Utah

You’re a local! What’s your favorite scrub color?

Anything but that horrible blue!

Worst pattern you’ve ever seen on scrubs?

Cherubs.

Latest you’ve ever stayed awake studying?

48 hours.

Wow! Favorite study snack?

Kit Kats.

Weirdest study snack?

Crispy jalapeño chips.

Wait, that’s weird? What’s your favorite place at Ameritech to study?

Behind room 220.

If you stacked all of your textbooks how high would they reach?

I’m guessing pretty tall, but I’m on break so going to my study to get them is not gonna happen.

Fair enough! We’ll take your word for it. So what’s your favorite way to relax on the weekend, or after work/school?

Hang out with my wife and daughter.

Why are you going to school?

To better my family’s situation.

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A student of non-traditional age

Matthew Littlefield is another Ameritech student. Like many on campus, he’s returning to school later in life for a new career.

Hi, Matthew! What’s your field of study?

Nursing.

Where are you from?

My dad was a gypsy while I grew up, and I attended 12 different schools, some more than once. I followed in his footsteps and have lived all over. I don’t really call any one place home but try to find “home” wherever I am.

What’s your favorite scrub color?

The best answer might be anything but royal blue. My current favorite, however, is flesh colored. From a distance it is hard to tell if you’re wearing scrubs at all.

Flesh-colored scrubs would certainly make life interesting! What’s the worst pattern you’ve ever seen on scrubs?

It might also be my favorite pattern, too, but they were a pinkish color my wife informed me was called “coral” and covered with small pictures of tacos.

Yummm … Latest you’ve ever stayed awake studying?

Being an older fellow, I hit a study wall at about 9:00 p.m. This is a source of much amusement to my teenage children (and classmates). I am much more effective studying in the early morning hours. The earliest I got up was about 3:00 a.m.

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What’s your favorite study snack?

Chick-fil-A, without question, with a large Oreo milkshake … and a Diet Coke.

Sounds like you’re hitting all the food groups! How about your weirdest study snack?

Sweet Tooth Fairy cookies.

Favorite place at Ameritech to study?

Downstairs in the lounge chairs, sleeping.

If you stacked all of your textbooks, how high would they reach?

I have never actually seen them all in the same place but it would be quite tall. The ones I will have worn out by the time I graduate are about 5 inches each.

What’s your favorite way to relax on the weekend, or after work/school?

Relax?

Sorry, we forgot you were a nursing student for a minute.

Related resource: 50 Self-Care Ideas for Nurses

Why are you going to school?

I am still not sure what I want to do when I grow up, but I want to make a difference. I am happiest when I can lose myself serving others and I think that there is no better way to serve people who cannot help themselves than as a nurse. A life without service is not well lived.

At Ameritech, we agree. Our instructors go above and beyond their expected duties to model service for our students. Service is one of our core values, and you’ll find it in every class and every lesson. Learn more about our values and our programs.