“I was really apprehensive about returning to college, but it’s been great. I can’t think of anything that wasn’t positive!”
Prudy is a retired elementary school music teacher. She taught on the Broadneck Peninsula for years. You can imagine the surprise of her former students when they see “Ms. Holoski” sit beside them in the college classroom. Prudy, herself, was very apprehensive about returning to school to learn a new career, but it was something she wanted to do.
“I took a class for couples to learn to do massage therapy at Arundel Medical Center. After I retired I looked for a program to learn massage therapy so I could get my license.”
AACC was not her first choice, but after she encountered some admissions red-tape at another institution, she decided to give the community college a try.
“The admissions staff here was great. They got me through the process really quickly so I could register and attend my first class all in one day.”
Prudy has to take a series of massage therapy classes and biology, among other classes to take her national certification exam. The anatomy and physiology classes were a real challenge. Like most adults returning to school, Prudy was driven to excel. With the help of Professor Javanika Mody, Prudy got the encouragement she needed to learn the material and understand it. The personal attention was something she hadn’t expected and contributed to the overall wonderful experience Prudy has had at AACC.
Prudy eventually wants to open a private therapeutic massage practice in her home. She also sees the need to provide this service to the elderly in nursing homes.
“People are reluctant to really make contact with older adults and I think it’s really important. I plan to do some volunteer work there.”
Prudy will sit for her exam this June and she has no doubt that she will pass. The program has prepared her well and given her the confidence to start her second career.