By Angelique Newton
Oct. 15, 2019
When I first graduated from high school in 1998 I enrolled in the Business Administration Program at GCC. College was something that I always wanted to do. I dreamed of using my degree to build a great career in a great company. Unfortunately, while I was in my second semester of college, I was diagnosed with cancer and had to quit because I was too sick to fight the battle plus concentrate on my school work.
Finally almost 21 years later at the age of 39, I decided it was time to finish what I started! I have had many people ask, Why? How do you have time? My answer to them is, I set out to reach a goal and even though I couldn’t do it when I wanted to, I am going to reach that goal. You ask, “How do I have time?” I devote time to my studies. My planner is my best friend, and I have a supportive family behind me who understands that there are a lot of weekends when we do nothing because I am buried under the books.
It is never too late to start bettering yourself. You are never too old to do something that you set your mind to. Although I have a great job now, once I have my degree I will be able to broaden my horizon and move up in the company I work for. College degrees are so critical in today’s society. Did you know that there are almost 6.6 million adults enrolled in college programs today? Of that 6.6 million almost 3.9 million are parents. That is roughly 35% of students enrolled in college today are adults. In an article written by the New York State Department of Education, students over the age of 25 are the fastest growing segment of students in higher education.
I can proudly say that even though it has taken me longer than I had hoped especially with only taking a couple online classes each semester I am almost to the finish line. I have 7 more classes to go, and I will be officially a college graduate of GCC. I am so thankful that we have a place like GCC in our backyards that is so helpful in accommodating all age groups of students. I am glad that I chose to continue my career path and hope that more adults realize that you are never too old to better yourself and to get a college degree.