Courtney Martin is a mother, age 25, of two daughters; Syleena age 6 and Jasmine age 4 and throughout the entirety of their lives, Courtney has always dreamed of a career in the medical field. Although her dream had to be deferred upon her pregnancy with her first daughter, Courtney overcame the obstacles she faced to wind up not only in a medical profession, but in the very company she always dreamed of working in! In this interview with Courtney I realized that dreams are not only possible, but when you truly believe in them, nothing can stand in your way of achieving them.
Are you in, or have you gone to college? If so, when did you graduate or what is your expected graduation date?
I went to college from 2003-2004. I went Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA. I was expected to graduate with my Bachelor’s in 2007. I am currently looking into continuing my college career.
What is your area of study? If you are not enrolled in school, then what alternative did you take to put yourself on the road to accomplishing your dreams?
Nursing was my major. I have always had a passion for the medical field as a little girl; I still get calls and emails for medical advice from my friends and family. However, when I got pregnant my second semester of college I had to defer my dream for a while in order to support myself and my daughter. However, my dream stayed alive for me since I talked about it often with friends who are already in the medical field. Friends who are nurses. With my connections through my friends, I have managed to get a job at a company I have been applying to for the last 5 years. I have been applying to land a job for the Amerigroup company for 5 years. After signing up through a temp agency, they saw that I had a history of knowledge in the medical field and offered me the job from my resume. It was a dream come true. Now I am the credentialing specialist working towards a more permanent position. Although I am in the company I have always dreamed of, I am still planning on taking course this summer.
What has been your biggest struggle in achieving your goals? How are you overcoming it?
Balancing quality time with my kids while maintaining my finances. I have learned how to stretch a dollar very well now and have had a few work-at-home jobs to be able to spend time with my kids. It is all about the rat race. Instead of sitting back and feeling sorry for myself, I have understood that everyone has their own issues and I just have to keep up. There is always an obstacle with children that you have to overcome whether that means issues with their daycare center they go to, to making sure they are eating a balanced diet and getting exercise. I simply take it one day at a time and hold strong to my dreams all the way.
Do you have any regrets?
I regret not seeing how hard it would be. I was told several times when I got pregnant to not drop out of school because I would probably never go back. I wish that I would have endured not sleeping or having money to be able to go to school. But the more I think about it, I would rather put my education on hold than not be able to have time for my girls.
What inspires you?
My children. I want to be someone they can look up to and be proud of.. I want to be a great mother for them who does above the minimum. And on top of inspiring them with whatever my career takes me, I want to be there for them; at every game, ceremony, and accomplishment they achieve.
Who does Lady Lennia represent to you?
Modern women all coming together to share their common knowledge, that may not be so common someone else.
Why would you make a great Lady Lennia for the Health and Fitness Edition?
Because health is my passion and I have never diverted from it. I am also a mother who has to cook and feed for 2 little girls. I have to be careful what they eat and are fed, because poor eating habits could cause serious health problems. I also have to make sure they keep an safe, active life.