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Christy Barton

Nursing home administrator at Advantage Healthcare


Graduated in 2007

Explain your career path

After graduating from SEMO, I obtained my nursing home administrators license. Since graduating, I also have opened a construction company with my husband and own and operate over 40 rental properties.

What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?


Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

Southeast was close to home and affordable.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

My classmates. They had so much ambition and drive to go out into the world and do great things with thier lives.

Share your best college memory.

I enjoyed getting to dissect animals and learning in a hands on educational style.

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

Critical thinking. Learning to think for my self and solve problems on my own without being given a formula. This type of thinking has helped me excel in the healthcare industry.

Describe Southeast in three words.

affordable educational opportunity

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

Passing my nursing home administrator test.

How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?

SEMO gave me the knowledge and degree that was the basis for my career.

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

Be prepared to endure alot of stress. Being in charge is not easy. Being in the healthcare industry is a very thankless job, you have to be in it to help make a difference in peoples lives.

What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?

The "real world" will give you as much as you put into it. Take any chances or opportunities that come your way.


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