Posted by Sherry Wright-Gully
As a non-traditional student I find it to be quite challenging at times. However, I appreciate the success accomplished at the end of each course. The times that I find it most challenging are when I have to juggle other obligations, such as family and work, with my classes. I have a 16-year old daughter at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School and am fulfilling the duties of two positions at my job right now. During the first part of this year, a fellow employee’s position was eliminated, and I inherited her tasks in combination with my current job description.
I have been maintaining both positions for many months now while also occupying the position of the president of the PTA for my daughter’s school. I also mounted a play production in January that was performed at SIU in Edwardsville. When you put all of this together, it can be quite taxing.
Nevertheless, Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies (SPS) makes life easier for people in my position. SPS offers online courses that allow me the opportunity to complete courses at my own pace as long as I have an appropriate computer for each class. Online courses give me the freedom to complete the courses at home during the morning, noon, or in the wee hours of the night. I do not have to worry about getting to an on-ground class on time, nor am I obligated to be there on a specific night. This makes life easier for me when I have hectic schedules.
As a non-traditional student, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to complete courses online because it affords me the opportunity to complete my degree, which has been a desire of mine since my divorce. After enduring a painful divorce that left me in a single-mom position, it was not easy to recreate my life again; it seemed like all that was left was broken dreams and promises.
Imagine how thrilled I was to discover that the opportunity was still there just waiting for me to take advantage of it. Now that I am a senior, I am thankful to have come this far and can’t wait to become a graduate of SPS. SPS has gone the extra mile in consideration of people like me. SPS has been committed to making dreams come true and holds true to the statement Saint Louis University Where Knowledge Touches Lives. My life has truly been touched in a way that I can’t describe – especially in terms of getting an education that I can be proud of. None of this would have been possible without SPS and its dedication to people like me. Being a non-traditional student is an honor that I will never forget. In the midst of my VERY busy life I have the opportunity to obtain a degree.
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