Maria Corral

MS Data Analytics

"This achievement could not have been possible without the help and advice of my advisor, who is there for me anytime I need her."

I graduated from medical school in Guayaquil, Ecuador, 20 years ago. When I came to New York in 1998, the language was the most difficult impediment to me, because I did not speak English at all. My first job was taking care of an elderly person, and while I was working there, I was going to school to learn English. A few months later, I got a second job as a medical assistant, and I was able to practice the language with patients and coworkers. My main objective at this point was to take the USMLE, but because of time limitations and a tight work schedule, I was not able to prepare for them. Also, I had to take care of my daughter and mother.

Not happy with my professional career, I started to apply at different places in the medical field. And even though my English was not good enough, I took the risk to find a better job opportunity. As a result of my search, I was called for an interview with a cardiology research department, and I got the job on the spot as clinical research assistant. It was very challenging to me at the beginning. But with my willpower and persistence, I stayed at this job for 10 years, and I was promoted three times. My last position was senior manager. After 10 years in this career, I still felt that I needed to grow more professionally to put into practice all my knowledge in this field. I accepted a job offer at Yale University as an associate research scientist for a research group, where my career was focused on data information and technology. So I decided to study to be more knowledgeable in this field.

A co-worker talked to me about SNHU, and I applied. When I was notified that I was accepted I was very happy, and I think this was a big accomplishment for me because it opened up a new path in my professional career. Also, this achievement could not have been possible without the help and advice of my advisor, Miss Wendy Dziedzic, who is there for me anytime I need her. Thank you, Wendy!