Lyrik Hilliard is a medical assisting student at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport. She began her college career at Fairmont State and was there until May of 2019. When she decided to take that summer off, she explored other colleges. Lyrik came across WVJC and decided to take the next step and enroll.
Some of the things that supported her decision to enroll at WVJC were the small classes, hands-on learning, and the fast-paced learning environment! She chose the Clinical Medical Assistant program because of the many career options.
Lyrik says that Mr. Cutright is one of her favorite instructors. “He is so interactive with the class. I am always very alert when it comes to that class. I’ve never dreaded attending his class. I like the fact that he writes everything on the board. I feel I learn better that way. I like the activities he plans for class and the way he really gets the class thinking.”
In 5 years, Lyrik sees herself married with children with a career in pediatrics, and possibly working on her bachelor’s degree. While she is thinking of her future, and taking courses at WVJC, she also currently holds a position on campus as a work-study for the staff and faculty. This opportunity has given her firsthand experience working with professionals and understanding the concepts of teamwork in the workplace.
When asked if she would refer a friend to WVJC, Lyrik said, “I would refer a friend to WVJC if they are wanting to be in a small school and learn. If they are eager to learn, then they should attend WVJC because you are constantly learning something new.”
In life it’s not the peaks that define us but the valleys. Dani McCrobie is an excellent example of persistence. When life pushes you to the breaking point a person has two choices. . . . get up or lie down. Dani McCrobie chose to push past her limitations. She proved to be resilient, brave and passionate to continue the pursuit of her dreams. West Virginia Junior College, Morgantown is excited to present Dani McCrobie’s student highlight.
When most little girls are dreaming about becoming a princess, cheerleader or a movie star, Dani’s goal was to be a member on a cardiopulmonary transplant team. Parents always tell their children to dream big . . . Dani took this advice to heart and did just that. To accomplish such a dream requires education, intensity, training, and perseverance. As a WVJC student Dani has demonstrated intensity in her passion, diligence in her training and constant perseverance in both academic and personal pursuits.
At the age of fourteen, Dani suffered a spinal cord injury during gymnastics training. This injury led to the detection of other health-related problems which resulted in a harsh reality. Dani was diagnosed at eighteen with postural orthostatic hypotension syndrome and hypermobile ehlers-danlos syndrome. At the age of twenty-one she has endured twenty-three surgeries.
Through these health related issues, Dani did not succumb to the devastation or setbacks. Dani continued with uninterrupted effort. As Dani’s health stabilized she made a decision that impacted her life. Dani decided to pursue her degree as a Clinical Medical Assistant. WVJC presented her the opportunity to begin her medical training in an environment that was supportive, encouraging and provided individualized attention. “Thanks to West Virginia Junior College, I have been given 18 months to improve my heath while continuing my education in biochemistry while working as a Medical Assistant.” No matter what Danielle has faced in her life she continues to strive for her ultimate goal.
Life has a way of challenging us. Dani was faced with a medical reality that could have destroyed her dreams. She was able to meet each challenge with courage and enthusiasm. West Virginia Junior College is privileged to be a part of Dani’s educational journey.