I went to college right out of high school and, at the same time, was a member of the USA World Karate team and the USA/Pan American Karate team. My team won a gold medal! At that time, I didn’t have the discipline to do both karate and college so I joined the Marine Corp. It was in the Marine Corp. that I learned discipline, planning, focus, commitment and team work; the tools that apply to everything I do. Now that I have kids, I tell them to finish what they start and, following my own advice, I returned to college to finish my education.
Questions and answers
Why did you choose to attend Baldwin-Wallace?
I was encouraged by my company to complete my Bachelor’s degree and chose BW because of the Organizational Leadership major in the Adult & Continuing Education program. I was very nervous since I had been out of college for 20 years. Once I realized that I had taken many training classes at my company and did well, I thought, why not just change the setting to the college classroom?
What is your favorite thing about BW?
The professors are very accommodating; they understand that students have family & work. The courses fit into a working adult’s lifestyle. So far, all of my classes have been accelerated minimesters, and I love them. They are condensed so there is more work in a short period of time, but that works well for me. I also enjoy having classes made up of both adults & younger students. Taking a number of courses with some of the same people has helped me develop good connections with my fellow students.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Working full time as a supervisor for a major utility company, along with being a husband, a dad, and a high school track coach, could have kept me from returning to college, but the evening classes in the Adult & Continuing Education program made it possible without neglecting my other responsibilities.