Alison Gerhardt, a business administration student, was recently awarded Globe University-Appleton’s Student of the Month. Alison seems to have the student life down, but how does she do it? What motivates her to keep going when things get tough? Keep reading to find out.
How do you balance home, school and work?
“My biggest challenge in balancing home, school and work is making sure I have good time management. Working three part time jobs and going to college full time can become extremely overwhelming, but I just remind myself how critical all of my decisions are and how important it is for my future. I just try to make sure that I give myself a day off when I can to relax so I don’t get burnt out,” Alison said.
Alison told me how she overcame a difficult time in her life.
“Recently my grandmother passed away; it was one of the most difficult things I have ever been through. Her passing was right before finals week, and I was beyond stressed out with everything going on that I just wanted to give up. With the help of family, friends, and instructors I was able to pull through that week and successfully get all A’s. When things like that happen to me, it helps me open my eyes and realize how grateful I am for everything I have and also how important it is that I push myself to my fullest potential.”
What motivates you?
“Motivation is a huge key to my success with my future,” Alison shared. “I remind myself everyday how bad I want that CEO title, and I know I can do it. I put my education before everything but my family to be honest. My family motivates me to push myself and to never give up, and I thank them so much for it. I want a good life, I don’t want to struggle anymore, and I know that my education is one of the biggest steps towards having a successful career.”
Do you have any advice for fellow or future students at Globe University?
“My best advice would be to never give up and always keep on pushing yourself. Life is so short and the education that you gain, no one will ever be able to take that away from you. When it gets tough, just think about how far you have come. Opportunity cost is an amazing term I have learned and probably have used it every day,” Alison shared.
What is your experience like at Globe University-Appleton?
“I have been at Globe University since July of 2012, and I’m half way through my bachelor’s program. My experience has been great. I received the $2,000 community service scholarship for volunteering, was awarded student of the month, and secured a librarian assistant job,” Alison commented. She is also a tutor in the Academic Skills Center.
Alison also credits her program chair, Alisa DiSalvo, with making a big impact on her experience. “The way that she teaches and gives us real stories that she has been through not only helps me remember the material, but I also understand it better,” she said.
Alisa DiSalvo told me that Alison is an amazing, energetic and driven student. “Someday she’ll be CEO of a company,” Alisa said confidently.
“Globe University is different from other schools in how much interaction we have with our instructors and other classmates. I love the small class sizes, and I think it makes a huge difference in the learning process. Another great thing is how much my instructors care about how I’m doing in and outside of school. That really means a lot,” Alison shared.