Inspiring to Purpose
Written by Marla Agee, Southern Crescent Technical College
To inspire or to be an inspiration means to be a divine influence on another human being. Most teachers are heroes and work every day to influence us to be our best. To push us past our academic limits and help us to achieve our goals. Then some teachers rise even above hero. They are superheroes to students like me. Stan Lee said, “That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real Superhero.” My superhero is Ms. Janice Bush. She is the Cardiovascular Technology Program Coordinator at Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC). Ms. Bush is a Register Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) and holds a master's degree in higher education.
Being at a crossroads in my personal life, I started my journey at SCTC in the summer of 2018 as a non-traditional student. While I had enjoyed many years of being a cosmetologist, I knew as I got older, I couldn’t do it forever. I wanted to change the rhythm of my life, so I started moving even though I didn’t know where I wanted to go. I wanted to do something that complemented my skills in working with women. I wanted to continue to help women, more specifically women in my community. I ultimately chose the medical field, ultrasound. Unfortunately, SCTC didn’t have the program. I intended to continue my journey at another school after completing my prerequisites until I met Ms. Janice Bush.
I wandered into her office, looking for someone else. After a few minutes of talking, she asked me what my plans were. I told her I was interested in ultrasound. She sat me down, and we had the best talk. She knew I was motivated by the idea of helping women. She enlightened me on the dangers of heart disease for women, specifically women of color, and talked to me about the importance of black women representing black women. Our community is plagued with sedentary lifestyles, hypertension, and obesity perpetuating the problem. She introduced me to the cardiovascular invasive technologist program. What a huge opportunity for me to serve my community and achieve my goal.
I started the program in the fall of 2020. We are just the second cohorts of the program. We have faced many challenges with our new program, Covid-19 being one of the biggest. Ms. Bush has gotten us through all of our trials. She has worked tirelessly not only to prepare us for our field but also to get the program accredited, which she has accomplished. Ms. Bush, in all the hats that she wears, still takes the time to remind me that if she did it, I could do it too. She inspires me to push myself, to focus on my goals, and to be an example to others, just as she has. She is not only my teacher; she is my mentor and my inspiration.