Success stories

Written February 8th, 2010
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compiled by Dr. Carolyn Babcock

Ms. Karen Jones, the Director of Admissions at East Georgia College, had numerous reasons for not finishing high school, much less attend college. Few people would argue with her if she believed the cards were stacked against her completing her education.

Ms. Jones dropped out of high school at 15 when she gave birth to her son. By the time she was 20, she had 5 children. However, it was because of those children that she was compelled to return to school. So, at age 24 she earned her GED (General Equivalency Diploma) and at 25 – 10 years after she dropped out of high school – she enrolled at East Georgia College. Upon completing her Associate’s Degree, she went on to earn a Baccalaureate’s Degree in Psychology. At age 41, she is currently finishing up her Master’s Degree at Georgia Southern University.

It is safe to assume that for the nearly 17 years she has been in school, she has encountered numerous obstacles. Certainly with 5 children, time management and money would have to be at the top of the list. However, Ms. Jones is living proof that, as one Non-Traditional Student said, “If you want it badly enough, you will figure out a way to make it work.” And, so she did.

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