Mikayla Lauer Kissner: US Marine, College Student, Future Physical Therapist Assistant
In high school, I realized that I was behind in most of my decision-making compared to my peers. I had no idea what I wanted to do career-wise. All I knew is what my strengths were at that moment in time. I was physically fit and knew how to be a team player because of sports. I have always wanted to help people my whole life but never really knew how to go about it, so I decided to join the Marine Corps.
Not only did joining the Marine Corps give me more time to figure things out, but I also was able to serve the country I love and came to as a child. While in the Marine Corps I met amazing people from around the world. I also had remarkable once-in-a-lifetime experiences and met my humble, courageous husband. During my four years in service, I found out that I still had a passion for helping others but now I had developed more life experience as well as more tools to help me decide my next step. I decided to get out of the Marine Corps and go back to school, to become a Physical Therapist Assistant.
Growing up, school was never one of my strong suits. But being older and knowing what I want, has made me more dedicated and disciplined in my studies at Nash Community College. My next goal is to finish school strong no matter how long it takes. I want to help as many people as I can in the career I have chosen. And I will continue to strive to be a better me every single day. I can honestly say I am so overly pleased with Nash Community College as a whole. I recommend it to veterans and anyone who is seeking educational opportunities. Choose Nash Community College. The campus, staff and instructors will not let you down. They will help you every step of the way to succeed, just like they have helped me.
Written by: Mikayla Lauer Kissner
Nash Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Student