Son inspires Vail Valley nursing student
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado “-When Meagan Skoronsky, 24, gave birth to her son, Tyler, the Vail Valley, Colorado resident finally realized what she wanted to do for a living.
She graduated from Eagle Valley High School in 2003 and didn’t immediately go to college because she said she didn’t know what she wanted to do. It was the midwife who cared for her during and after labor that opened her eyes, she said.
That’s what initially spiked her interest in going to classes at Colorado Mountain College. She ended up in the school’s Basic EMT class last semester because she thought it would be a good stepping stone into the school’s nursing program. The class and its teachers changed her life, she said.
“Now I don’t want to do anything but emergency care,” Skoronsky said.
The class’s teacher, Mike Trujillo, asked Skoronsky if she’d speak at Saturday’s graduation ceremony. She wasn’t planning on going to graduation because she said she’s not finished with school yet, but agreed because she wants to share her experience with the rest of the graduates.
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Like many Colorado Mountain College students Skoronsky works full-time. She’s also a single mother, giving her son credit for her motivation to seek out the best career she can.
“I know it’s going to better his life,” she said.
Skoronsky works as a patient representative at Vail Summit Orthopedics. She said she doesn’t know how she would have been able to make it to her CMC classes without her mother’s help.
“She’s definitely had my back throughout all of this,” she said. “His dad had him on some of the nights I had class, too.”
Trujillo was so impressed at Skoronsky’s dedication to school, especially knowing that she worked so hard to make sure she could work and take care of her son at the same time. He said she’s a dedicated, focused student.
“She’s trying to better herself knowing she’s a mom,” he said. “All that just impressed us.”
Since Skoronsky will continue to work full-time, she can’t also go to school full-time. She knows she has about five more years of school before she gets to where she wants to be ” a critical care nurse for the Flight for Life helicopter service.
And for someone who grew up in the valley and loves all of the outdoor recreation here, she said she’s staying put at Colorado Mountain College.
“This is home; I love it here,” she said. “(CMC) is a great place to start out for someone like me.”
Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or firstname.lastname@example.org