Hello! My Name Is…

Hello, my name is Jermaine Kidd.  I currently reside in Martinsville, VA along with my wife and our two energetic boys. I have been a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for the past 16 years and I am also a self-employed barber. When not working or studying, I enjoy watching and playing sports, motorcycle riding, watching classic westerns, and playing video games with my kids.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree here at Averett University?

I completed my Associate’s Degree back in 2012, so going back to school and obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree has always been a goal of mine. I must admit, procrastination has been an enemy of mine for years. I finally decided to stop procrastinating and take the necessary steps to achieve that goal. My motivation for achieving this goal is that it will open doors to many desirable opportunities in a career I wish to pursue. It will as provide an increased earning power which will enable me to better provide for my family.

Why did you choose Averett University’s Graduate & Professional Studies program?

With the knowledgeable and dedicated staff, numerous resources, and a simple and stress free admissions process, it was kind of hard not to choose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program. The structure of the program and the flexibility of online classes makes it easier to fit studying into a busy schedule.

How has your degree from Averett University assisted you in your career?

While in pursuit of my degree, it has already enabled me to become better at time management. Being enrolled in the Leadership Studies curriculum, I am learning new skills that I can bring to any organization. Also, some of the new skills that I am learning have already helped me perform effectively in the aspect of leadership in my military career and this degree will help tremendously in the future when seeking advancement and promotions.

What advice would you share for current and incoming students in Averett University’s GPS Program?

When returning to school, I had many doubts about the whole ordeal, wondering if I would be able to do this or not. I remember during my admissions process, my admissions counselor Andrea Levengood, stated to me that “you are not alone in your educational journey.” I have found that to be so very true. Just remember that you have the backing of your fellow classmates and instructors, who are all on this journey with you. With all the available resources Averett University has, help is available whenever you need it.

With all the available resources Averett University has, help is available whenever you need it.

What keeps you motivated while in your degree program?

My family keeps me pretty motivated. I also get motivated when I receive a better grade on an assignment than I expected due to self-doubts. Knowing that I can actually do this, with a little time and effort, gives me the motivation and encouragement to keep pushing forward to achieving my educational goals.

What is your anticipated date of graduation?

Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2020

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