Degree Girl "Dana"

Hello, My name is Dana Gaines. I am from New Orleans, Louisiana. First, I have been through many trials and tribulations in my life. Throughout those trials, I was able to push forward by God's grace. One reason that I wanted to attend college is due to my daughter. I wanted to be a role model for her and other younger relatives in my family.

In 2014, I enrolled at Herzing University's Medical Billing and Coding Associate Degree Program. During this program, I met Ashley Valentine (Ms. V). She was my Computer Applications and Software Instructor. I am not an expert with computer applications; however she made sure to work one on one or pair me with an experienced student. In life, they need more caring instructors like Ms.V. Teaching is not a job, it is a passion. I graduated in 2016 with my Associate's degree; however I wanted to go further. Currently, I am working on my Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Management with an anticipated graduation date of April 2018 from Herzing University, New Orleans Campus.

My advice is that it is never to early or late to pursue your education. Determination will take you a long way. I am a proud "Degree Girl". I am raising my daughter to follow in my footsteps. She is a "Degree Girl in Training".


Dana G

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