“The reason I decided to go to college was because the company I worked for started doing layoffs. I decided then that I was done with the jobs that didn’t pay much. I started wondering how I would support my family without having an education. So I started school.”
–Emily Vander Vegte, Globe University-Online Graduate
Emily Vander Vegte is not one to shy away from a challenge, which is why this past week she was able to fulfill her dream of earning a college degree. The accounting and tax specialist student began her journey to graduation in July 2013, and with the help of a few college level classes she’d already taken and transferred in, Emily was able to earn her Associate of Applied Science degree in just eight short months.
The story of Emily’s success was initially brought to us by her admissions representative, Paul VanBrunt. Paul had kept in touch with Emily throughout her time at Globe University and was so proud of her for staying diligent and working hard on her education, despite some difficult challenges she encountered along the way.
Paul said, “I think Emily is one of those people who puts her mind to something and doesn’t let anything or anyone stand in the way. She overcame some really big changes that were happening in her personal life and stayed resolved to earn her degree.”
Emily sat down for a Q&A with us on some of the successes and struggles she’s had throughout her education and how she found the perseverance to keep pushing forward.
Was there a specific person or reason you decided to pursue your degree?
The reason I decided to go to college was because the company I worked for started doing layoffs. I decided then I was done with the jobs that didn’t pay much. Then I started wondering how I would support my family with not having an education. So I started school.
What did you like most about attending school online? What did you find the most challenging?
The thing that I liked the most about attending an online school was that I did not have to physically go to class, and it gave me the opportunity to do classes on my time that worked around my family.
The hardest thing about going to school online was that life got in the way a lot. My dad passed away, my family and I moved to Florida, we took vacations out of the country, and we started fostering children—those are just a few of the things that happened. The instructors were great through all of that.
You’re graduating soon. What are your plans for the future?
One of the reasons I went to school was to start my own business. With Globe University and the hands-on courses they provide, that dream became a reality in June of 2011. After graduation, I am hoping to take the CPA test and also work part time for a CPA while managing my business.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to other students considering going back to school?
If you are considering going back to school, please realize that it is extremely hard, and very time consuming, but it is the best feeling in the world to be done. It has taken me five years, but the people at Globe have been cheering me on the whole time! Globe never gave up on me even when I wanted to give up on myself. My family and my husband were great supporters, and I could not have done it without them. I have had an amazing experience and am thankful for everyone who helped me along the way!