Dana K. Wise

As a forty-something year old wife and mother of five, I got this crazy idea that I would like to be a Physical Therapist Assistant.  Thinking it was impossible, I told my husband so he could bring me back to reality.  Instead, he encouraged me to follow through.  I drove an hour from Mount Olive to Nash Community College to inquire about the PTA program, all the while believing I was foolish to dare to dream so big. Once on campus, I met Dr. Clark who seemed genuinely excited when I told her of my interest.  She immediately began helping me on my journey. From planning my pre-requisite course schedule to instructing me in the PTA application process, she believed it was possible.  So what is it like to be a “non-traditional” student?  It is difficult, yet one of the most exciting adventures of a lifetime!  I have studied hard, worked hard, and yes, prayed hard! My husband and children have been my biggest cheerleaders, and my Lord Jesus Christ has been my strength. They believed in me when I did not believe in myself. They, as well as the NCC faculty, believed it was possible…and apparently they were right!