I graduated from high school in 1982. College was not something that everyone did at the time. Employers hired people and provided necessary training for that particular job. I did attend and graduate from Medical Secretary College in 1984 and throughout the years have taken a few classes at local community colleges. Having worked in education since 1997 the importance of a college education had become increasingly evident. I began working at Tennessee Tech University in 2006. One of the advantages of working for Tennessee Tech University is education benefits. I had tossed around the idea to take a class just for fun but somehow I always talked myself out of it. Bottom line, I was very intimidated at the mere thought of walking into a classroom allowing my age and the fear of the unknown to hold me back. Fast-forward to the year 2011. The College of Agriculture posted a new major being offered beginning the fall of 2011, “Agritourism”. After reading the description, something came over me and I knew this was for me and I had to try college, so I did! I remember walking into class that Monday evening not knowing what to expect. It was scary and exciting all at once. I realized that day the other students in the class did not care that I was a “non-traditional” student; in fact they thought it was cool! Throughout my college journey my one and only regret has been that I did not start this sooner. I have since changed my major to Interdisciplinary Studies, which allows for flexibility. College is not easy especially if you are like me and it has been a while since you have challenged your brain. However, trust me when I say, it is so worth it. My goal is to graduate with a degree from Tennessee Tech University before I retire. Tears come to my eyes when I think about the day I will walk across the stage at graduation and receive my diploma and how proud I will be to share this day with my family and friends, this is what keeps me going!
Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
-John F. Kennedy
35th president of US 1961-1963 (1917 – 1963)

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