Hello! My name is Kim Hallett and I'm currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree at Granite State College. My journey leading into college has been a long one, and--as with many journeys--I would never have guessed that I would end up where I am today!
The youngest of three children, I was homeschooled throughout my entire K - 12 education while my military family moved all around the country. We rarely stayed in one place for more than a year, or even one state for more than a few years while I was growing up. As I reached my Junior and Senior year of high school, I began to dream of "being normal" and actually leaving home to attend college (aka, finally, a "real" school in my mind), so that I could meet people my own age and have real life friends and share normal peer experiences.
However, as is becoming more and more common with my generation, my parents separated and divorced right after I graduated from high school. My dreams of going to college were put on the back burner as my mother and I uprooted from the rest of our family and moved to New Hampshire. College was seeming more and more of a distant and unattainable dream as my mother and I doggedly supported each other emotionally and financially over the next four years.
In 2008, my cousin decided that she would like to pursue some college writing courses at a local college, and since the Granite State College Rochester campus was right down the road from where she lived, she decided to check it out and see what her options were. She ended up enrolling in some Online College English Classes through Granite State College. Shortly after her enrollment, she was telling me about the college and said that it not only offered Associates and Bachelor degrees, but it also had face-to-face, in-person Night College Classes in addition to online classes. Suddenly, my dream of going to college didn't seem quite so impossible! Was I really going to be able to juggle supporting my mother and myself AND go to college?? I made an appointment with a Granite State College Academic Coach the following week with the intention of "just seeing what my options were."
Now, you might be expecting me to say: "...and the rest is history!" However, this couldn't be further from the truth.
I walked into my first class at Granite State College a quiet, awkward, uncertain, but DETERMINED and OVERJOYED woman. Having only ever been homeschooled, I really had no true idea of my education abilities, but darned if I was going to let my dream slip through my fingers! From my very first class in the spring of 2009 to my most recent class just this past winter 2012, I have only been met with excited, encouraging, and knowledgeable staff and professors who have made it their goal to genuinely help each and every student succeed. With my determination and the help and support of my mother, my then-boyfriend-now-husband, and everyone at Granite State College:
My Freshman year, I made the Dean's List.
My Sophomore year, I made the Dean's List again and was invited to join the Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society for non-traditional undergraduate adult learners. I also started participating in the Work Study program and working in the college office.
At the start of my Junior year, I was asked to take on the role of Granite State College's Student Representative to the University System of Hampshire. Even though I will always remain first and foremost a student, I have wholeheartedly embraced my role as Student Rep. I have made it my goal to do everything I can to guarantee that Granite State College has an accessible, active, and collective student voice through which I can ensure that I am accurately conveying the overall beliefs, sentiments, and experiences of Granite State College students to the University of New Hampshire System.
I have now shrugged off every personal identifying adjective except DETERMINED and OVERJOYED. My dream of higher education has finally come true! My journey is adventurous, dynamic, and ongoing. I'm now seeing my journey unfolding, extending, and leading into the path of an eventual Psy. D. in Clinical Counseling, which will then lead to my ultimate dream of becoming a licensed Psychologist.