My road in life has taken me all over.
I wasn't a great student in high school; I did well in the humanities, but math is my arch-nemesis.
Keeping my hands busy and crocheting during class was the one thing that helped me focus.
Even though I struggled and hated school, NOT going to college was NOT an option in my family.
I almost completed an English degree at Penn State but I dropped out with 33 credits left to finish.
I hadn't yet been diagnosed with ADHD, but looking back, I know that's why I could finish my degree.
I had a stint where I sold vacuums door-to-door, and a brief stint in retail, but I hated both jobs.
I went to a temp agency and found a great job, but my attention issues made me take a medical leave.
I was diagnosed with ADHD at 25; my medication, my ADHD coach, and therapy improved my life.
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Insurance Appeals Representative / Blogger
When a provider wants to correct their claim process, I go in, review their request, and rule on it.
My work combines:
My work combines:
Day to Day
I work at a government building and we have to protect medical information, so it'd be hard for a student to shadow me there! But if they shadowed me while I was blogging, they'd see me forming an idea, sketching an outline, taking the accompanying pictures, and then sitting down and writing my posts. Once an article is done, I'll make sure to go promote it on social media and in the groups I'm involved in. My blog is great because it gives me the freedom to write on anything that interests me.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for high school students
Take all of the language and writing courses that are available to you, starting in high school. My grasp on communication and the English language has obviously been valuable as a blogger (knowing how to research and cite sources, analyzing other articles, etc.) but it's also valuable to just about any job! You can get trained for almost any job, including my job in the health care field, but if you don't have a good grasp on the English language early on, it's hard to learn that later in life.
My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:
The Noise I Shed
"You need to go to college and complete a degree. You don't have a problem. You don't need to take medication for your ADHD."
Challenges I Overcame
Struggles in School