Kristian Hunt
Medical Office Assistant, Online

Attending college wasn’t a forgone conclusion for Kristian Hunt. In fact, the 20-year-old says the biggest obstacle she’s had to overcome in pursuing higher education was the decision to start taking classes. But once she made the decision, there was no looking back. And no regret.

“After I graduated high school, I took a year off school in which I traveled to different colleges and states and I met the man I would marry,” Hunt said. “During that year, I didn't know what I wanted to do at all so I simply kept praying that God would lead me down the path He had planned for me. One day I woke up and thought to myself ‘It's time to go to college.’”

Hunt, who had experience working as a secretary and a desire to work in health services, chose to pursue a Medical Office Assistant certificate. She takes classes Online and loves the flexibility it offers, especially as she and her husband have relocated for her husband’s job. “I'll always treasure the time I spent (at Harrison College) and I'll always be thankful that I got up that one morning and decided it was time to start college.”

Currently carrying a 3.9 GPA, Hunt has made the Dean’s List each quarter. And even though she is excelling academically, Hunt says it hasn’t been easy. “In high school, I was a straight A student,” she says. “I figured college would be the same way, but I quickly realized that college is a lot more difficult than high school and it takes a lot more discipline and hard work. Just that realization prepared me for reality, where a career will take even more discipline and hard work.”