The three-and-a-half-year journey to earn my Associate of Applied Science in nursing with high honors has been both interminably long and amazingly short. In August 2014, I decided to pursue a mid-life career change and headed back to school to take the five science lab classes required to apply for nursing school. I had not been in a science class since taking geology my freshman year at Northern Illinois University in 1990!
Amazingly, two of the women that I met in my very first biology and chemistry classes at ECC are now dear friends graduating alongside me. We are a snapshot of the diversity that can be found and is fostered at ECC: a 21-year old preparing for her first career, a 31-year old motivated to make a change in her life, and a 45-year old career-changer!
This is not my first degree, but it is my most hard-won. Successfully balancing my current career, marriage, children, and education has been the ultimate challenge. The support of many ECC faculty and classmates whom I now call friends have helped make this possible. My advice to future students is never to think it is too late to listen to that whisper to do or learn something different. Nothing fills your heart like learning, and I am most proud to have set this example for my teenage twin sons, who have supported and encouraged me along this journey.
~ Jenn Tribble, St. Charles