Pursuing Your Passion

Posted by Allison Leach on Mar 15, 2017 1:00:00 PM

““Follow the calling in your heart; trust yourself.”


When Diana Deaver first set out to complete her bachelor’s degree, she had practicality in mind, not passion.

Like so many young adults, Deaver was seeking a credential that would help ensure a reasonable income, and selected a program that seemed like a means to that end; yet she knew that she was not following her calling. Luckily for Deaver, she had trusted advisors to steer her on the right path.

Deaver studied psycho-sociology at the Universitatea Virgil Madgearu in Romania in 2000, but after immigrating to the United States, abandoned her studies in favor of securing employment. “I took whatever jobs were available,” explains Deaver. “I was in this country by myself, and had no one to support me.” Deaver knew that a college degree was essential to career advancement and  -not wanting to get stuck - earned an Associate’s Degree from Trident Technical College.  Deaver subsequently enrolled at the College of Charleston as an accounting major, and was soon matched with a mentor through Charleston Young Professionals.

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Empowerment and Imagination

Posted by Allison Leach on Nov 10, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Photo of the Sottile Theater courtesy of College Today.

The following feature was previously published on our blog in March, 2016


A cramped auditorium.  An audience of third-graders.  A fifth grade play.
These are some of the images that come to mind when Dr. Alice Hamilton recalls one of the defining moments in her life.  That day, in the midst of her fidgeting classmates, Hamilton sat rapt with attention as she watched the play unfold. Enchanted by her schoolmates’ performance, she had been initiated to the transformative power of the theatre.


“I was excruciatingly shy in front of crowds,” explains Hamilton, who has served as Director of the CofC Center for Continuing and Professional Education since 2013.  “But as I watched those kids, I realized that I could do anything.  I  just needed to be portaying a character on stage."  A passion for the dramatic arts soon developed, and Hamilton seized every opportunity to practice her developing craft.  It was this desire that led 13 -year-old Hamilton to a University of New Brunswick workshop, where she would meet the woman who would shape the course her professional life.

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Empowerment and Imagination

Posted by Allison Leach on Mar 3, 2016 2:11:19 PM

Photo of the Sottile Theater courtesy of College Today.

A cramped auditorium.  An audience of third-graders.  A fifth grade play.
These are some of the images that come to mind when Dr. Alice Hamilton recalls one of the defining moments in her life.  That day, in the midst of her fidgeting classmates, Hamilton sat rapt with attention as she watched the play unfold. Enchanted by her schoolmates’ performance, she had been initiated to the transformative power of the theatre.

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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.”

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Embracing Opportunities

Posted by Allison Leach on Dec 24, 2015 1:50:55 PM

 “It is important to always continue learning, and obtaining a college education will allow you to reach dreams and set goals that you would never be able to reach otherwise.”


 

A busy executive recognized as one of SAVOY magazine’s “Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America,” April Kelly-Drummond may not appear to fit the profile of a non-traditional student. However, like many of her cohorts, Kelly-Drummond had long deferred a personal dream, one that would allow for her to enhance her professional growth.

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Fulfilling a Dream

Posted by Allison Leach on Dec 22, 2015 7:46:16 AM

 “…Life happens to each of us: …we may be waylaid, but must never give up.”


 

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Helping Students to Navigate Osbstacles

Posted by Allison Leach on Aug 31, 2015 6:50:27 AM


“I see our professional team as the GPS along the journey. We help guide students along the way—speeding up, slowing down, changing the route, whatever else they need.”


 

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Finding a Path Toward a New Career

Posted by Allison Leach on Aug 27, 2015 10:07:28 AM

“If you can find a way to take all of the educational experiences you’ve had in your life, and combine them into a profession that you enjoy; I don’t know how you can do better than that.”


 

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Investing in Student Journeys

Posted by Allison Leach on Aug 27, 2015 9:45:41 AM

“I feel invested in your journey. I want to make sure you are making the appropriate choices that will help you toward your end goal.”


 

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Maintaining the Balancing Act

Posted by Allison Leach on Aug 27, 2015 9:40:17 AM

“Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed, such as when your other priorities take precedence over school, the staff are willing to help.”


 

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