Business Administration, AustinTeresa

“I’m a veteran and it’s been 30 years since I’ve been in school. At first I said to myself, ‘I can’t do this. There’s no way I’m going to make the grades.’ I was ready to quit. But my teacher told me to calm down and said, ‘You’ve got this.’ The teachers here are great and the class sizes are really small. You get one-on-one attention from the teachers, where you wouldn’t in a big university. They know your name.


Now I’m maintaining a 3.94 GPA, and since I’m about to graduate, Career Services is helping me write my resume and preparing me for interviews. I know I’ll be competing with younger people but I’ve got my work ethic behind me. I’m going to get a job that pays decent money and have no doubt that I’ll be able to achieve that. It’s never too late to go back to school.

“I’m a veteran and it’s been 30 years since I’ve been in school.”

My husband has been really supportive. He calls me his princess, because I have gone so far. He’s been the biggest one behind me.

I would tell others in my position, ‘If you’re fearful, or wondering if you can do it, just do it. Take the step. It might be overwhelming at first, but that’s just because the entire experience is so new. It gets better.’

Being able to say that I’ve accomplished this, that I did take that step, I did get out of my box: that’s my definition of success.”

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