Princeton Times


February 10, 2013

From nursing to a little bit of everything: Marrs makes the best of move

PRINCETON — Rebecca Marrs is the personification of the expression “if one door closes another one opens.”

Marrs worked in the medical field as a certified nursing assistant and a medical assistant for 12 years. As she worked, the job seemed a natural fit.

“My grandma was the crippled nurse for Mercer County for a lot of years,” Marrs said in the basement of the Princeton Public Library. “So, I've always been around medicine. It just felt natural.”

Yet, she soon found herself laid off from work. Not having a degree in the field, Marrs decided to head back to school. So, she enrolled in a medical assisting course at New River Community and Technical College.

Marrs said that she was very pleased with her decision to attend NRCTC. It's the only college that she's ever been to where the dean of the campus knows everyone on campus.

“Mr. Wise, he's always available,” Marrs said. “He knows everyone there. Anyone that comes on campus knows that he's ready to handle issues that anyone has.”

Marrs also encouraged anyone that finds that they're laid off from work to go back to school if they have the opportunity. In her view, this will give someone the edge that they need to find a job, especially in this economy.

In August, Marrs also took a job at the Princeton Public Library.

Marrs didn't say what her official title at the library was. She simply said that she does a little bit of everything. Thursday, for example, she opened the children's section and the computer part of the library.

“I like that because I can learn a little bit about every part of the library,” Marrs said.

Marrs shared a story about a specific customer that's come in several times while she's in the children's section. A little girl, maybe two or two-and-half, according to Marr's estimates, will show a bright smile when she finds just the right book.

“She likes anything with pictures in it,” Marrs said. “Seeing her smiling, that makes it worth it.”

Although, the little girl makes the job fun for Marrs, she is also an avid reader. Her favorite author is transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. She likes that Thoreau took the opportunity to go back into nature and study it as well.

When she's not studying at New River, working at the Princeton Public Library, Marrs enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, their four children, and her two grandchildren.

“There's another one on the way,” Marrs added with a smile on her face.

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