We followed four graduates on their education journeys in hopes of motivating and inspiring other adult learners to pursue their degrees.
Kate: I decided, now that I’ve been in the classroom in the Middle school for about 10 years, that I want to become a better teacher, a stronger teacher. So I decided that the best way to do that was to come back and extend my education through Averett.
Mo: I would say the main thing that motivated me to get my degree was to expand my business knowledge.
Tracy K.: My children; setting an example for them. I can’t really ask them to do something that I haven’t done myself.
Tracy W: I took classes here and there but I never really completed because I always put my kids first. I kind of put myself on the back burner.
Kate: I knew that wouldn’t be easy coming back to school and working full time and raising a family. So I like the flexibility of the GPS program.
Tracy W: Well my daughter graduated from Spellman. Then we were like so proud of her walking across the stage, I said you know Harold, let’s go back. And that’s what we decided to do.
Tracy K.: During the program I found out I was stronger than I thought it was, I can do a lot more than what I thought I could do, and that could be more than I thought I could.
Mo: It’s tough. It’s not easy. But you earn it. You know it’s all the hours that you put towards you know homework papers and you know preparing for classes; discussions and all that.
Kate: This journey has been amazing. The classes have been challenging and they’ve stretched me and they have made me a better teacher. But one of the very best things that has come out of this whole thing are some of the friendships that I’ve made.
Tracy K.: I’m very proud of myself. I’m the first to graduate with an undergrad in my family and now I’m the first to graduate with an MBA.
Tracy W.: Going back to Averett with my husband was amazing. And it became like fun and challenging and it really brought a lot of excitement back into our family because we had the kids graduating from high school and college. And we were in school trying to graduate. So it made our house an educational house. And it was wonderful. And Averett provided that.
Kate: To me this graduation is…it is an ending point, but it’s not the end. It’s more then end of a chapter, than the end of my story.
Tracy K.: I would say that it helped me in ways that I never thought possible before.
Mo: Down the road it’s gonna be beneficial to you it’s gonna help you a lot you know to grow professionally and personally as well.
Tracy W.: It was not easy, but it was worth it.
Kate: It felt awesome walking across that stage. I had such a sense of accomplishment.
Mo: It felt really great. I have a lot of pride, especially having family here.
Tracy K.: I can do anything. If I can do this, I can do anything. So I think that future is unknown. Hopefully, it means bigger and better things.
Tracy W.’s daughter: Well, you know my parents are just the prime example of what it means to never give up on your dreams and I’m super proud of them for their accomplishments and their hard nights and working long and I couldn’t be more proud of my parents. So it means a lot to me.