Persuasive Letter on attending San Joaquin Valley College Krystina Henderson English 121A Mr. Stewart October 29, 2012 Dear Andrea, As you know, I am currently attending San Joaquin Valley College for a 7-month program as a Medical Assistant. I remember you implying that you had an interest in the medical field and thought I would give you some insight information on what type of programs are available. I know that you will be highly impressed with everything this school has to offer, and you can finally move forward with your education and career. When I made the call to SJVC, I was directed to my advisor Marissa.

She immediately set me up with an appointment and took the time to get to know me. Walking onto the campus, the staff is overly welcoming with smiles and positive attitudes. I was informed on every program, the cost, and was taken on a tour around the campus. For a Medical Assistant they offer a 7-month program that is $15,500 and a 14-month at about $30,000. Marissa helped me make my decision on receiving my certificate because I wanted to get to work as soon as possible. If you choose the 7-month program you will earn a certificate and become a CMA.

In this program we learn how to do blood drawings, take vital signs, schedule appointments, perform sterilization techniques, and overall, care for the patients. We can definitely relate to the patient care because there are similarities with our job now. We have to make sure we are respectful and courteous to our clients and provide them with everything they need which will become crucial when we are in the medical field. Since we all know you love to talk on the phone, the 14-month program might be a better match for you. Not only do you receive an Associates Degree, you will be learning both the clinical and administrative.

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Handling all of the billing information and talking with insurance companies seems like something you would be good at. This will increase your qualifications and expand your options after graduation. Sure it may take a bit longer, but it will be worth it in the end. Now I know this may be a lot of time and money to invest in, but if you are at all worried about the cost, don’t be! They will direct you to a financial aid administrator where they can set you up with loans and grants to cover you while attending school. I was eligible for a $6,500 grant that I will not have to pay back.

Free money sounds great right? I know you’re thinking, “How can I possibly pay this money back? ” Well the education you will be getting here is going to benefit you for the rest of your life. When I met with Cathy from the financial aid office, she assured me that I will be well trained and prepared after my courses. Also, informing me on how my loans will work and how I will not start to pay them back until 6 months after graduation. If you are unable to make these payments, there are emergency plans where you will be able to defer your loans for up to 15 years.

This gives all of us student’s time to find proper employment. We are also set up with an externship to give experience in a real medical environment so that we will be capable of finding work upon graduation. Who knows, they might like you well enough to offer you a full time job! SJVC is unlike any community college you’ve been to. This is a private school where you will learn hands on procedures and training in your specific field. It is nothing like Willow International and Fresno City, where you’re in a class full of 50 students or more, with no one on one communication with the instructor.

We have about 25 students or less in each class and the instructors are great! My instructors interact with every student and have open doors for help whenever needed. Most of all, you will be attending school with me, doesn’t that sound fun? Considering we are both working in a low pay job environment, a student resources center is offered involving people with your needs as their priorities in helping you find a full/part time job. Also in the lab center is Mr. G. for tutoring. He has helped me pass all my readiness plans and assisted me on several assignments.

Located on the bottom floor there is a lunch area, with food and beverages. Because I know you have to have your cigarette break, there is a specific area located by the snack bar just for you, ha-ha. As you know my car barely gets me from point A to B and I know your transportation situation is similar to mine, where finding rides doesn’t always work out. SJVC offers a student rideshare. This enables students to find others at the campus who can or need help with transportation to and/or from school. Just like you, I too make hardly any money, with bills adding up and my car barely running.

I have made the sacrifice of continuing to struggle for a better education. If I can do it, I have no doubt that you can’t. If this interests you, we are having an open house on November 9, 2012 at 6:00 p. m. or you can simply make a phone call. Once you are enrolled and have done your interview with the dean, you will have the opportunity to ring the exciting bell of enrollment. If you decide to make this rewarding decision, you can kiss the horrible experiences at a community college and a minimum wage job goodbye forever. I hope this letter has encouraged you to become part of our family. Sincerely, Krystina Henderson


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