York Technical College
"I'm working hard because of all the things my parents did for me. I want to return the paper back to them."
My name is A’nya Bowser, and I was born and raised in Chester, South Carolina. I’m 21, and I’m in the dental assistant program. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher. As I got older, I wanted to become someone who does mortgages because that’s what my aunt does. Then, I finally decided what I wanted to do in high school. I wanted to be a neonatal nurse. But it turns out that nursing wasn’t my path, so I chose the dental assistant program, and I love it.
What appealed to you about all those different jobs when you were growing up?
I wanted to be the boss of everybody! I was a bossy kid, so I wanted to be a teacher and boss the students around. After that, doing mortgages seemed great because I could just be by myself in my own office. But then, when my mom had my brother, he ended up in the NICU because he was born early. I saw how the nurses spoiled him and held him, and that seemed pretty great too. I like kids, and I thought it would be great to hold kids in the NICU.
Tell us about your journey to York Technical College.
I was thinking about college when I was high school because I would be the first person in my immediate family to go to college. I was pushing myself to go to college, get a degree, and do something with my life.
I started off going to USC-Lancaster to be a nurse. It wasn’t a fit for me — I started summer classes right after high school, and the nursing program was really fast paced. We would learn things one day, and have a test on it the next day. I couldn’t catch on that quickly.
I wanted to go somewhere I could learn at my pace, so I came to York Tech’s nursing program.
What were the differences you saw at York Tech?
York Tech was always on my list of schools, and after USC-Lancaster, I thought, “York Tech is at home, and it’s going to be an easier transition for me.” Plus, you can learn at your own pace here. Of course, you still have deadlines to get it done, but it was easier to figure out ways to learn.
My instructors made sure that we understood what we were learning. They’re not like, “If you get, you get it. If you don’t, you don’t.” They really make sure you know you can talk to them to learn what you’re studying. They are great instructors.
How did the change from nursing to dental assistant happen?
The nursing program wasn’t for me. I just couldn’t get it. So I had to find another career that would fit me. I had no idea what I was going to do next, but I knew I wanted to be in an office, and I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field.
I talked to Lisa Bishop, the Student Development Counselor, and she helped me through it. She suggested the dental assistant program. At first, I didn’t think I was going to like it, but when I got into it, I found out I really liked it.
What do you find interesting about the dental assistant program?
You learn so much about the mouth. I was so surprised I got that hyped. We learn something new everyday. My mouth was literally on the floor. I’d go home and say, “Mom! Guess what I learned today!” Whatever I learn at school, I’ll go home and try stuff out on my little brother. He’s kind of my test dummy!
Tell us something you’ve learned in this process.
I’ve always been an independent person, so it took me some time to learn that I can ask for help instead of just figuring it out on my own. Once I started asking for help, I started to see a difference.
Why is going to college important to you?
I want to work hard because of all the things my parents did for me. I want to return the paper back to them. It’s just all the small things they did for me. For example, my mom would just say to me, “We’re going shopping today.” With the money I’m going to make, I want to return the favor and take her on a shopping spree.