My name is Maria Magdalena, I am 22 years old and I am from Memphis. I was homeless at the age of 17 and ended up moving in with my then boyfriend and that is when I had to start surviving rather than living like any “regular” 17 year old. That being said I put my education to the side because of it and now 5 years later I will be graduating highschool with a Microsoft and Billing and Coding Certificate this Wednesday. At first I really wanted to do the Pharmacy Technician course but at the last minute switched it to BCS not realizing Katie and her team taught both. My experience was amazing, I pushed myself harder than ever before in order to learn all this information. I had never put so much energy into something that I found myself wanting to learn more on my own about what I could do with this certification. I plan on using my certificate to get a job at Le Bonheur Children’s hospital when I begin college in the springtime. I hope to gain more knowledge on Billing or simply just experience. Although I will be going to school to become a Mortician I know it will help me in the long run learning some medical terms beforehand. Who knows I might just go for it and get my Pharmacy Tech certification as well now!