It’s Never Too Late

Maria PenoroI have always been fascinated with the medical field and love the idea of being there for people during times that could be very trying.

During my early school years, I always spoke about being a nurse. As we know, sometimes things do not always go the way we anticipate.

In the start of my junior year of high school, I decided to go to school for cosmetology. Within the next two years, I graduated high school and received my New York State cosmetology license. I worked in a salon for a year after that, later moved on to manage a salon, and then decided to open up my own full service unisex salon. I enjoyed every minute of it. I guess you can say I still chose a career that helped people.

A few years later I got married, had two boys, and chose to give up my salon and work from home to be there for my boys. My children are now 19 and 21. I still had the thought of a medical career in the back of my mind, but now I felt that I was too old to go back to school. I hadn’t picked up a book in 20 years. I didn’t know if I would be able to handle the program.

My family and friends disagreed. They kept encouraging me, telling me it was never too late to follow my dreams. I visited Hunter Business School a few times prior to signing up. I fell in love with the program the first time I went to the open house, but I still doubted my ability to return to school.

Well, I finally made the decision to do something I have wanted to do for a very long time. My family has been very supportive, especially my kids. I started the program September 5th. I am in my last month. I go out on externship the end of March. I can’t wait to enter the medical field and see what the future holds.

Since my first day at Hunter, I never looked back. From day one I felt like I belonged here. The decision to follow my dreams after all these years has so far been very gratifying, and I could not have picked a better school to pursue my career. The teachers at Hunter are incredible. They go above and beyond to help you reach your potential and help you succeed.