As an online student, you have the opportunity to connect with classmates from all over the country who each bring their unique points of view to the online classroom. Your classmates are all people who have taken a unique path to get to where they are in their online education — just like you have. Every once in a while, one of these students wants to share the story of their own path that led them to Grantham. We recently had a chance to speak with one of our graduates, September Wallace, to hear her inspirational story. After overcoming many obstacles and hardships, Wallace was able to find her place at Grantham, where she took control of her future and started on a new path to success.
Grantham University: Why did you decide to pursue an online degree? What made you pick Grantham?
September Wallace: I chose to get my degree online because of my work schedule; it kept me from attending classes on campus.
GU: What were you feeling prior to starting the program and why?
SW: Nervous, because I really did not know what to expect.
GU: Once you started the program, how did you feel and what made you feel that way?
SW: Once I started the program, it was exciting! I knew that I was making a difference in my life.
GU: What do you like best about Grantham University, and about your particular degree program?
SW: What I like best about Grantham University is the [variety of] degrees that are offered, and also the faculty and staff. While earning my bachelor’s degree, I really enjoyed studying criminal justice, because my goal was to work with women and children of domestic and sexual abuse. I got my MBA in project management … I figured that once I retire from the military, it will help me in the civilian world.
GU: Describe the support you have received from the faculty and staff at Grantham. Is there anyone specific who has been particularly helpful?
SW: If I had any issues with any of my classes, I could always count on Sara Burgen [student advisor] to help me, [or] I would speak to Dr. Niccole Buckley and the issue would be fixed. Sarah Burgen, Dr. Buckley [Associate Provost], and [my instructors] were all very helpful while I was taking classes at Grantham.
GU: How do you stay motivated?
SW: By giving the glory to GOD! He is the one who helps me stay motivated. As well as my [adoptive] mom and dad, Wilda and Larry Parker. Another thing that kept me motivated was that I knew I had to get my college degree. Before I was adopted, I was living in a foster home and, for 12 years, my foster mother always told me I would never make it in life, nor would I ever amount to be anything, and that I would never make it to college. And after listening to that for 12 years, I started believing it. Trust me, I struggled with my grades in elementary and high school. Then, when I was 16 years old, I was adopted by my [adoptive] parents and they both told me that I could do whatever I set my mind to. My [adoptive] mom helped me a lot with my studies in high school. It was then that I told myself, “I will make something of myself, and I will go to college and get a college degree.” So, that is another thing that has kept me motivated. Not only did I graduate from Grantham University with my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, I graduated with honors!!
GU: Describe your life and schedule outside of your schoolwork.
SW: My life outside of my school work consisted of working full time as a Federal Technician at CSMS Calibration Lab, Camp Shelby, and performing my military duties one weekend a month and two weeks during the summer. Also, during the time I worked on my degrees, I was deployed three times.
GU: What is your proudest accomplishment?
SW: My proudest accomplishment is when I accepted Jesus into my life. My other proudest accomplishments are joining the military, and earning my bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors.
GU: What have you been doing since finishing your degree programs?
SW: Since completing my degrees, I have continued my commitment with the military and continued to work at CSMS Calibration Lab at Camp Shelby.
GU: Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about going back to school?
SW: Without a college degree, it will be hard for someone to get a good-paying job. Or, they will be overlooked for advancement in the job they are working in. Believe in yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind to do.
GU: What are you most passionate about? What drives you in life?
SW: I love playing golf! However, I am not that good. Playing golf is a great stress reliever! What drives me in life is God, family and friends.
GU: What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?
SW: That I overcame so many obstacles in my life, especially as a child growing up in the foster home that I lived in. Then, God blessed me with wonderful [adoptive] parents who helped me to succeed in life. And, finally, that I have served three tours overseas and continue to serve in the Mississippi Army National Guard.
GU: If someone were to tell your story, what would be the main thing you would want the listener to know about you?
SW: That I am a great Soldier, a hard and dedicated worker, and I will help anyone who needs help.
Like September Wallace, Find Your Own Path to Success at Grantham University
If you are ready to start the next chapter in your life and work toward your career goals, why keep yourself waiting? With the online education Grantham provides, you can incorporate your education into your lifestyle however you need to. Earn your degree and gain a community of support — just like September Wallace did. Contact us today to get started!
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