Son’s illness gives mother new dream
Posted on: December 05, 2012
Her son’s chronic illness led Angi Kirk to come to College of the Mainland—for the second time.
She had taken classes at COM and gone on to earn a bachelor’s degree in computers, but after her oldest son, Jeremy, became chronically ill, she discovered a different passion.
“When my son got sick, I saw the care of the nurses,” she said. “I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to help people in a new way.’”
Jeremy is now able to manage his auto-inflammatory disease, which doctors have yet to name. As a 10th grader, he joined Collegiate High School at COM and graduated with an Associate of Arts the same semester that his mother graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch with a bachelor’s degree in nursing with honors. He is now attending University of Texas at Austin and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in economics and government.
Kirk credits COM, and one of her COM science professors, Dr. Marilyn Kish-Molina, with helping her prepare for a new career.
“I had such a good foundation going into nursing,” she said. “COM is always there as a community college for people, whether you want to change a career or just take a photography class.”
Kirk’s family has been a part of COM in many ways—Kirk met her husband, a fellow trumpeter, while they were both playing in the jazz band at COM. Her younger son is now a senior at Dickinson High School and taking dual credit courses at COM.
Though Kirk has now completed her second bachelor’s degree, she isn’t finished learning. She has accepted a position as a cardiac nurse at Methodist Hospital in Houston.
“All of nursing is a continuing education process,” she said. “I look forward to learning more about it.”