Life definitely has unexpected twists and turns. When Kellie’s parents got in a car accident and needed full-time care, she put her education on hold to take care of them. Based on her patriarchal blessing, Kellie knew she needed to gain as much education as she could in this life, so many years later she was able to return to her studies. She has several pearls of wisdom to share about her education, its challenges and rewards.
What have you found to be the most challenging aspect of completing your degree?
“It has been difficult to juggle being a full-time employee, wife, mom and grandma. I strive to do my best in all that I do, so finding the time to do everything well has been rough. My self-esteem has been rocked a little.”
What has helped you work through those challenges?
“Monthly planning has helped me to keep a handle on all that is required at school, work, and home”
What have you found to be the most rewarding part?
“To see I am resilient and can do hard things. I never thought I would finish college and if I didn’t have the support from my family and upper management, my dream wouldn’t have been possible.”
What was one of your favorite things you learned about?
“Organizational Leadership. It is what I am passionate about so it was a great experience of learning.”
How do you think your education will help you in your future goals?
I work at BYU, so lifetime learning is a major part of my life and goals. I want to advance my career here at the University. I believe gaining my education is the only way for me to achieve my career goals.
What advice would you give someone considering completing their degree?
“DO IT! It will not be easy, but definitely worth it. I believe it is good for my kids and grandkids to see that you are never too old to gain an education. Think of how your education will be a gift to those you interact with in your life!”