In 2012, Granite State College celebrated its 40th anniversary on campus and online by asking students to take a moment to share what GSC means to them—to reflect on the people, courses, and experiences that provided inspiration to achieve their goals and build a bright future. It was a compelling (and fun!) way for students to participate.
The results were incredible, inspirational, and straight from the heart. In their own words, read what our students love about GSC:
- I was 36 years old with really no idea what I wanted to do next in life. I had been in the U.S. Navy for over 9 years, I owned my own successful business, and had sold it prior to relocating to my wife’s hometown in NH. I began working in manufacturing and my manager encouraged me to go to college and get my degree.
My reaction: “I will be 40 years old before I'm finally finishing my degree!” His response: “you can turn 40 with or without a degree, the choice is yours and no one is promised tomorrow.”
I began my college adventure at Granite State College and graduated with a B.S. in Business Management and a 3.98 GPA. A couple months later, I applied for a competitive Naval Officer program and was selected as one of the eleven candidates for Officer Candidate School. I graduated from OCS at the age of 41—just barely making the maximum age limit. I have been in this position for over three years now and it’s one of the best jobs you could hope for.
I have been fortunate enough to do some really neat things in life, like being stationed onboard a nuclear ballistic missile submarine, being a Navy Diver and locking out of submarines, building a successful company, and now the honor to be a Naval Officer. I would not be where I am today without Granite State College.
I have returned to GSC once again, this time to complete my M.S. in Project Management. I am not sure where the master’s degree will take me, but what I do know is that I am ready for the adventure that it brings next. Thank you to the staff and to Granite State College for opening so many doors for my family. Life isn’t perfect, but life is good! ~Scottie A.
- I was devastated when I got laid off from my job a few years ago. Jobs were very hard to find, but I was able to obtain one as a para-educator with the condition that I would get state certified. GSC offered all of the classes that were required. My academic coach then encouraged me to go on to finish the associate degree that I had started 30 years ago. This would now be my third attempt at doing so. My coach was a tremendous help and provided encouragement for me. My instructors were also very wonderful; I cannot say enough good things about them. I’m happy to say that I graduated in June 2012. I was very much honored to be named a Class Marshal, as well as being inducted as a member into Alpha Sigma Lambda. Thank you GSC for making it possible for me to accomplish a lifelong dream! ~ Theresa R.
- Granite State College has the best program for teacher certification! I was talking to my colleagues just today and they said how wonderful it is to be able to participate in a field-based program. Many of them obtained their certification without ever having set foot in a classroom (except student teaching), and they wish they could have participated in a program such as this. Thank you GSC! ~Kathleen S.
- I knew that to pursue further job growth in my career, I would need to get a bachelor’s degree, but with two jobs, five kids, and an economic recession, I did not think it would be possible. Granite State College offered an online bachelor’s degree program in a field I love and which perfectly suits my background and future goals - Applied Studies with a concentration in Education and Training. Each term, I love the content of my courses and I get the opportunity to meet some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever known. These people have encouraged me, laughed at/with me, and supported me while I unexpectedly added hospice care for my mom to my plate. Because of the online format, I never had to suspend studies while I cared for her. In fact, the school work I got done in her quiet home was a mutual benefit—I could focus on my coursework and my mother didn’t feel a burden to me or my family. During this time, the discussion postings of my classmates gave me focus and perspective - so many of them had or were going through similar experiences! I am so proud of myself, but I am also extremely proud of these strangers whom I have never met, but have made my life so much richer. ~Lisa W.
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