My name is Samantha Osteen. I’m 39 years old and have been married for almost 17 yrs. I have 2 teenage boys, one who dropped out of school and one who will be a senior next school year. I dropped out of school when I was 16 yrs old and have been struggling since then, until 4 years ago when I started working with my husband as a land surveyor. I had left the company for 2 months to try something different, but that didn’t work out, so I went back to work with my husband. Though the money is okay and helps out a lot, I’m just not happy there. To my husband, it’s a career that he has done since he was a kid with his father and he loves everything about it, but to me, it’s just a job.
So one afternoon my husband and I were on our way home and were talking about how he knows I’m not happy and I should do something about it, so I did. For 3 months now I have been working really hard to get my GED, not only for myself but also for my son - to show him that an education is important in life to accomplish dreams and goals that you want for yourself now. Not only am I proud of myself, but my son is also, and now wants to get his GED. On top of all that I got accepted into a program at Ultimate Medical Academy to get my associate's degree as a Medical Office and Billing Specialist.
I would like to thank my GED teacher, Heather Summers, and my whole family for the love and support I received during all of this. I couldn’t have done without any of you... oh and the support of my classmates too.