ECPI University Medical Assistant Student Comes Back from the Brink!

ECPI University Medical Assistant In the year and half prior to her accident, ECPI University Medical Assistant student Rosetta Spurgeon had lost all four of her grandparents, the last of which was her maternal grandmother with whom she was as close as her own mother. The grieving process for the loss of these family members sent her life into a spiral of depression. Needing something bigger than herself to focus on, she decided to enroll in college and focus her energy on “The Big Picture” as she puts it: a picture that included an education, a new career, and a new life of stability for her and her daughters.

In May of 2012, she enrolled at ECPI University’s Columbia South Carolina campus. A few months later, everything came to a screeching halt. While driving out of downtown Columbia, Rosetta rounded a blind curve only to find another motorist stopped in the lane directly in front of her.  Her car hit the stopped vehicle as the car behind her struck her. After rolling twice and flipping into the opposite direction, Rosetta’s car came to a stop in the median. She awoke to emergency personnel attempting to assist her, using the Jaws of Life to cut away sections of her car. She remembers them cutting off her new Air Jordan shoes, but few other memories of the accident remain. She awoke again in the ICU with extensive injuries, including numerous lacerations, six broken ribs, a broken left hip, femur, and knee. [Read more...]

ECPI University Medical Assistant Student Becomes a Published Author!

ECPI University | Medical AssistantMedical Assisting student Sharon Hanks is set to publish her first children’s book this fall, and the motivation to write it surfaced soon after beginning her studies at the College of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute at ECPI University. “I have always been a story teller by nature,’ says Hanks. “I have always wanted to be a writer.  During a difficult time, I lost a bit of that imagination, but going back to school and writing academically inspired me to write creatively again.”

 She squeezes in writing time after she puts her two children to bed, or on the weekends while they play, and even on campus.  Finding time to write around her children’s schedule provides her with added inspiration; after all, they are the main characters. In the book, her daughter, Josie, grows pumpkins while her son, Mitchell, grows sunflowers.  The children learn about soil, sunlight, different plants, caring for a garden, and the excitement of growing their own food. [Read more...]