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“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.

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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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Chelsea, Birmingham Graduate

“I chose Business Administration because I wanted to fully understand owning and operating a business. I am very independent and very curious.”

Cronyn, Charleston Student

“I’m a 37-year-old proud mother of three children and three stepchildren, a full-time student with a 4.0 GPA, and working full-time.”

Virginia, Lubbock Student

“I gave up partying late at night to study late at night. And all the hard work paid off.”

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“My motivation is my six-year-old daughter. To know that this little person is depending on me for everything makes me want to work that much harder and strive that much more for success.”

Lakesha, Savannah Student

“I’m not a person that gives up easily on myself or others.”

Christine, Savannah Student

“I have been told by some family members that I do not have what it takes to become a nurse; they have motivated me to prove them wrong.”

Caitlin, Montgomery Student

“I wanted to do something with my life that would make both my children and my mother proud.”

Jasmine, Spartanburg Student

“There was a time in my life when I was sickly. One day, my husband took me to get a makeover. The transformation was phenomenal. I want to make people feel the way I felt that day.”

Sable, Columbus Graduate

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Almarina, Shreveport Graduate

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Laura, Jacksonville Student

“I am scared to death to leave my classmates and teachers when I graduate because I love them and have become attached.”

Kelsey, Baton Rouge Student

“I kept telling myself I was going to do this but never did it. Last year, I put my foot down and told myself that I am going to finish school.”

Kerpernia, Mobile Student

“I worked as a hairstylist for over 30 years and a licensed cosmetology instructor for 23 years. I know that hard work pays off in the long run.”

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Bonnie, Florence Student

“I want my son to know that you are never too old to accomplish any of your dreams and you can do anything you set your mind to.”

Jessica, Knoxville Student

“Being a chef is a dream of mine. I don’t want to think about what could have been. I had to take the chance.”

Fred, Richmond Student

“I was 34, a single mother of three. I worked full-time and was a full-time student. My life was nonstop for two years. As time went on it became a lot easier and a lot more fun.”

LaTasha, Augusta Graduate

“I am 53 and decided to start over in my career.”

Tammy, Augusta Student

“My husband passed away in February 2017. I chose the medical assistant field because of taking care of him and my elderly parents.”

Janet, Knoxville Student

“I have completed eight years with two deployments in service to my country.”

Eric, Jackson Student

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Kumesia, Jacksonville Graduate

“I love everything about cosmetology — hair, makeup, nails, everything!”

Camell, Columbia Student

“Never let anyone stop you from becoming a greater person in life. No matter what, keep going!”

Allison, Columbus Student

“I am the oldest of five kids. At a young age my mother got sick, and I had to step up to the plate.”

Lauren, Austin Student

“I am motivated by the students. I am constantly reminded that everyone is reaching for something.”

Kelly, Pensacola Instructor

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Jamar, Savannah Graduate

“The proudest moment in my life is that after I had my son, I returned to finish my schooling.”

Ryan, Charleston Student

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