Going to College Together: Families Reconnect Through Education

Written by Tom Stoltz, business instructor

DeShay Myers and son Trevon Nash

At Globe University-Minneapolis, two pairs of cross-generational students study business for future success

DeShay Myers, a business program student striving for her associate degree, is going to school with her son, Trevon Nash. 

Indeed, they are even taking the same class together. 

“I never thought I would be going to college with my child at age 40,” said DeShay. “It’s definitely different, but also lots of fun.”

DeShay and Trevon are enrolled in the Small Business Management class at Globe’s Minneapolis campus. They said they find the course especially invigorating because both are developing business plans and forming a strategy for their careers.

Trevon, who is also aiming for an associate degree in business administration, says that his main incentive in getting into business is having the ability to go further in life. 

“Business is where the good jobs are and where the money is,” said Travon. “I want to start my own business and provide a future for myself and my daughter.”

DeShay and Trevon seem to motivate each other. They car pool, go to lunch together and help each other with homework. 

“Trevon motivates me, and I want to be a role model,” DeShay said. “It was a mistake for me not to go to college when younger, and I want Trevon to make accomplishments and to push himself.” 

Likewise, Trevon gets energy from his mother:  “My mom motivated me to finish high school, now she is inspiring me to get a college degree.”

Another Family Connection

Villa McIntosh and daughter Leshia Dabbs

Villa McIntosh and her daughter Leshia Dabbs, the other family team. They actually enrolled at the same time for fall quarter 2014 and plan to graduate together. 

Both are in the business program and find it “different” yet fun at the same time to be going to school together.

“Surprisingly, it’s been very enjoyable and fun so far. We have more than one class concurrently, and it’s pretty cool,” said Leshia. “Some students thought we were sisters at first; but this whole experience is allowing us to bond in a special way.”

Asked if any conflicts have arisen in their parent-student relationship, Leshia said that the only difference is in their distinct learning styles. 

“My mother takes an online class, but prefers to be in a classroom,” she said. “Also, technology is more advanced than when my mom went to school 20 years ago. When she allows me to, I am able to teach her a few things, but basically, learning business skills is our mutual goal.”