Interview with Medical Billing & Coding Grad
Caleb Diaz, age 27, is a first-generation college student studying medical billing and coding. Previously, he was delivering newspapers and working as a barista at a local coffee shop. Caleb graduated with an associate degree in December 2014 but has long-term plans to return to school and complete a bachelor's degree in healthcare management. Caleb is also a fantastic artist with a special interest in painting and photography.
Q: Why medical billing and coding?
A: I did my research. I really wanted to get into the medical field somehow, but not doing the hands-on, direct patient care perspective. When I read about medical billing and coding, I knew where I wanted to go with it.
Q: What aspects of the program appealed to you?
A: The medical field is always changing, so it's always interesting. There's always something new to learn whether that be in medicine, technology, etc.
Q: What was your life like before coming to Herzing University - Toledo campus?
A: I was working, and found myself not where I wanted to be professionally. Coming to Herzing has actually done a lot for me.
Q: What was your turning point?
A: Just being where I was and not being happy. Working as a barista was interesting, but I wanted something more established where I could start to build a career.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I'm a big art fanatic. I love art that deals with oil, pastels, portraits of people - you name it! Right now school is pretty demanding, so when I can I focus on art. The trick is to balance the academic and artistic sides of my life.
Q: Why did you choose Herzing?
A: Herzing is a wonderful school. It's very family-oriented. I love it here. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. This was my first college experience, and it's been an excellent experience.