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My name is Linda Perata. I'm a wife, the mother of a 13-year-old daughter, and a Career Step home-study MT student who is just loving my studies. I'm very new to the MT world but becoming more familiar with it every day through MT Daily and my studies.

I first became interested in MT after I met Mary Morken through her daughters at a Mother's Day brunch last May here in Park City. I didn't know much about Mary or what she did. We had a conversation that day regarding medical transcription. I told her I had been looking for some part-time work I could do from home by computer. She thought I might be interested in medical transcription and suggested I visit her website.
Being the cyberperson that I am, I did just that as soon as I got home. All I can say is that a line was reeled out to me, and I was hooked! I loved reading all the different posts from just about every board I clicked on. I learned so much in such a short amount of time through everything I read. I even became brave and posted a few questions of my own about MT education and schools. I was delighted when I would return and find a reply waiting for me. I was like a little kid in a candy shop!
After researching the available options for MT education, I decided to go with a home-study course that is based in my area. That way I could just drive to their office, look at the materials, meet the staff, and sign up that day if I liked what I saw. I did. I've been devouring this course and enjoying the challenge of learning a new field.

In June I visited family in New York. While away, Mary e-mailed me and asked if I would like to do some editing of the oldest Word Board Archives, creating "Best of the Archives" in a more readable and printable format (Best of the Archives and earlier indexes). She did warn me that it would be boring work, but I wasn't too concerned about that. I felt this new job would be a great stepping-stone and afford me an opportunity to make money and learn more. I was right. Working on the Word Board Archives has further enhanced my MT studies. I read the past posts of terminology questions and answers and then cut and paste them onto the new page. This exposes me to the medical language and has become a great learning tool. Everything is evolving so quickly for me in this new field and I hope to graduate in a couple of months. Who knows, I'm enjoying myself so much in the archives, maybe I'll stick around a lot longer than I had planned! Only 365 index pages to go!

Thank you, Mary, and my new MT friends for reaching out to me and being such a great help and support. See you on the boards!
Written, August 1999.

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