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Student Spotlights

Lynn Kernya

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  1. Major

    Human Resources and Psychology

  2. Hometown

    Lorain, Ohio

  3. Biography

    I worked for a retailer for a few years and tried everything to get promoted. It seemed that everyone around me was getting promoted and leaving me behind. Finally, I realized that even though I was qualified to do the jobs, without a degree no one would take me seriously. Although I am laid off now, I’m confident that when I graduate, people will take notice and doors will open that may have previously been closed.

Questions and answers

Why did you choose to attend Baldwin-Wallace?

I came to BW just seeking a certificate in Human Resources. After finding that I liked the classes so much, I enrolled part time working toward a major in Human Resources. I was going to minor in psychology, but found that I will have enough credits to complete two majors! I am now a full-time student with one year until raduation.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

I remember how nervous I was when I walked into the admission office. In a short half hour, I found myself signed up for a semester of classes, student ID in hand and on my way to the bookstore to buy my first book. From that moment I knew exactly what I wanted from a college experience and felt great that I had made that first step to professional success! Don’t be afraid to try things you never thought you could do.

What has been your experience with different course formats?

Mini-mesters are awesome! The workload and content are properly adjusted for working adults with on-the-job experience. You can take two courses at a time and still complete 4 courses in one semester. If you are already a busy individual, it helps take the pressure out of going to school. Immersion courses are very intensive because you complete a full semester course in five days, but it's nice to get a course out of the way in a such short period of time.

Are you able to participate in student organizations?

I joined the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) which has produced some great contacts in the student body and faculty. I’ve also been able to receive scholarship advice and help from a number of faculty members and administrative staff. (I actually was nominated for and received an outside scholarship!)