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Self Reflective Paper

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Since I started College in 2004, I focused on taking as many science classes as possible. I wanted to stay in medical field, I never thought of myself being in the business field. I used to think medical field would open the door to many secured jobs in pharmacy and dentistry. In 2007, my mom had a severe stroke. After taking two years off from school to take care of my mom, my goal changed. Going back to school, I wanted a degree which I could find a job right when I get out of school and while waiting to get into pharmacy school. My choices of pharmacy schools were narrow down to in state schools only. I was lucky to be introduced to Health Care Management by a friend. Health Care Management sounded attractive to me because I always wanted to work in the health care field. I was not sure I was born to be a manager. I had experience with project management working for a private law firm for two years but not people management. A few years ago, I took the class “how to deal with difficult people” at Community College of Aurora because I doubted my communication skill. I never thought I would be a good communicator. In middle school, writing in Vietnamese was one of my strengths, I even wanted to be a journalist when I grow up but when writing in English, it is one of my weaknesses. The first semester starting Health Care Management courses; I took four health care management classes at a time. That was my best semester because I got to take a break from taking science classes. There were challenges because I wasn’t confident in writing and presenting in front of the class. But I learned a lot out of those classes. My favorite topic in most of my papers was pharmaceutical industry but I also learned about long term care and hospice. I wanted to work for non-profit organization because my philosophy about health care is about healing and helping people. At that moment, I knew that I picked the right major; I will be able to contribute a lot when I get out of school but I was still unsure about being a manager. My perspective gradually changed after taking several Health Care Management classes which I learn managers are made not born. I learned to overcome my stage fright fear and I am no longer afraid of writing a long research paper.
I had to take Marketing class as a prerequisite for Health Care Strategic Management class and Accounting for Health Care Finance class. Being in those classes when there was nothing relating to health care and science, at first I doubted my ability to fit in. All of my classmates were marketing and/or accounting majors. I spent more time studying for those classes with fear that I didn’t have any basic knowledge at the beginning. Due to that reason, I felt that I learned a lot from those classes. I continued on taking many more health care management classes. The Health IT and Health Care Research Method classes weren’t easy to understand but by knowing I was not good at it, I studied harder. I had a chance to take...

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