Seeing the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Posted by Allison Leach on Jan 26, 2016 5:13:35 PM


“When you go back as an adult, you know what you want to do. As an adult, you use your degree.”


When Julie Floyd first enrolled in the College of Charleston, she was expecting to obtain a four-year degree: she did not expect that it would take 25 years to complete.

Floyd’s initial decision to attend college was due more to expectation than ambition, and her lack of drive soon resulted in poor grades. Feeling guilty at the expense she was incurring, Floyd opted to suspend her studies and pursue full-time employment; working in a series of jobs in the business sector. As she worked to advance in her chosen field, Floyd realized that she needed a bachelor’s degree to qualify for more desirable positions. She chose to return to the College of Charleston, enrolling as a Bachelor of Professional Studies candidate.

Concentrating in Management, Floyd found that the course material frequently overlapped with her duties as a business coordinator at the Medical University of South Carolina. “It was really nice to be able to pull experience in from work,” Floyd says, “The course content allowed me to solidify initiatives that I was already working on.” Floyd also connected with her professors on a professional level; working alongside them on outside leadership development projects.

While her academic journey has not followed a typical trajectory, Floyd concentrates on the benefits of maturity and wisdom. “As an adult you’re more focused,” she explains, “When you go back as an adult, you know what you want to do. As an adult, you use your degree.” Amid the challenges of balancing college, career, and parenting, Floyd hopes that she is setting a good example for her 12-year-old daughter. “I have a husband, I have a daughter, I work more than 40 hours a week; but I do [my coursework] anyway,” she says, “It takes away excuses.”

For those considering a long-awaited return to school, Floyd advises, “You have to put your mind to it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.” Julie Floyd is anticipating seeing that light for herself: she is on track to graduate this Spring.

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