I chose to attend Gwinnet College because, like most adults with financial responsibilities and family obligations, I found myself working at an unsatisfying job wondering if this was all I was destined to do. I had looked into going back to school for almost two years but always found an excuse not to. I can't afford it. I'm too "mature" to go back. Class time won't fit with my work schedule. I don't want to take a whole bunch of unnecessary classes. Then, I had an moment of clarity and all the reasons and excuses for why I couldn't go back to school disappeared and only one question remained: If not now, when?
So, I made my appointment with the admissions counselor to discuss the next chapter in my life. We reviewed the course curriculum, financial aid options, and class schedules. After two years of reasons why I couldn't go back to college, I made my decision in less than an hour and enrolled for classes beginning the very next week.
If I had any reservations about the "maturity level" of the student body, they were put to rest the first day. Most of us had similar situations. We had been in the work force long enough to know what we didn't want to do for the rest of our lives but couldn't, or wouldn't, leave our jobs without motivation. Unfortunately, there is no greater motivation for a career change than a recession and increasing unemployment. And even though some of us came to school on less than ideal circumstances, we knew we were here for a greater purpose.
Gwinnett College offered everything I needed to pursue my degree: a complete curriculum, financial aid options, non-traditional student body and a flexible schedule that fit my lifestyle. In less than two years, the same amount of time I had spent pondering whether or not to go back to school, I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies and a Diploma in Accounting.