Prior to my decision to further my education, I found myself in a position in which I was unable to work due to a sudden illness. The effects of the illness were traumatic, limiting my physical and cognitive abilities. After several years I had conquered this illness but I was left with few options to continue a productive and meaningful life. I decided that returning to school to finish a higher education was my best option. Having many doubts about my abilities as a non-traditional student, I applied to the Onward Program to learn the skills needed to find success as a student of higher learning. This was perhaps one of the best decisions I had made I my life.
After conquering an illness, I found myself having to decide whether I would have to be on Social Security Disability or make a decision that would positively influence my future. I took the first step and applied to the Onward Program in hopes to acquire the skills needed to succeed at the University level and utilize the tremendous support system the program offers to nontraditional students.
I question whether or not I would have been able to survive my first semester in college if it were not for the Onward Program. During my year at the Onward Program, I acquired the foundations and skills required to be successful and University studies. The staff provided me with a tremendous amount of support and encouragement that fueled my desire to succeed.
Since my enrollment at the University of Maine, I have made the Dean’s list several times, received the President’s pin, received the Donald Taverner Scholarship, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
I am currently enrolled in the Social Work program with minors in psychology, English, and human development. I then plan to go on to graduate school to get my MSW.
Attending college has been invaluable thus far and I predict is will continue to do so. It has enriched my life with knowledge and also has prepared me for professionalism and opportunities I would not have if I did not attend. I have confidence that my education will carry over into a professional capacity in which I hope to have a positive influence to others, future work, as well as my son, born in May 2004.
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