Angela Silver, a JCSU’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies’ Graduate, tells us more about her story and the source of her profound joy as she crossed the stage to receive her diploma on May 20, 2018.
- Who is Angela Silver? Can you tell us more about you?
My name is Angela Robertson Silver and I am 44 years old. I am a Major in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting. I have three kids, ages 28, 27, and 21. I currently work as a Senior Staff Accountant at a local parking management company. Four years ago I got married and different circumstances led me to want to pursue new horizons, however, I never thought this would be my life as it looks today. A wonderful marriage, college graduation and having a career were no longer my dreams or aspirations. But the Lord had a different plan for me and now, in addition to being married to the most wonderful man, I have a college education and a bright career path. I now know that my life has endless possibilities, so I don’t just exist anymore, I live!
- What made you want to earn your college degree as an adult? Was it hard to do?
I always wanted to earn my college degree. Being a first generation high school graduate, going to college was next in line. I enrolled at Lemoyne Owen College in Memphis after graduating from high school and tried for many years at several schools afterwards to complete the requirements. However, raising three kids as a teenage single parent with a very limited support system didn’t allow for me to be successful in reaching that goal. I had to make the choice to find full-time employment so I could provide for my family. This reality, coupled with the stresses of parenting alone, meant that my time and attention couldn’t be devoted to school at the time. I did, however, earn my Associate’s degree in 1997.
My last attempt at the bachelor’s degree ended in 2008. It just did not seem to be in the plans for me. But after marrying and moving to North Carolina, I realized I had to give it one more shot. I knew getting that degree would be the olive branch to building a new life, gaining a new network and revitalizing my confidence. When I started my search, I didn’t know adult learner programs existed, but I heard about JCSU’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies and decided to apply. I figured the adult program would give me the opportunity to slowly acclimate myself to the school scene with others that were also returning to school. It just seemed the right fit for me.
- How did you balance your work, family and school time?
I was very fortunate to have a husband who has a master’s degree and understood the sacrifice of going to school. We agreed that he would take on the primary responsibilities of running the household such as cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry, etc. He was kind to give me space to just do nothing when my brain needed a rest. I also made sure to schedule time for us as a couple, even if it was only one or two hours a week, because I knew my mental and emotional health were just as important to my educational success.
My employer was also very supportive in allowing me the flexibility to change my work schedule according to my class plan each semester. Lastly, I was aware that the key to success rested solely on my ability to manage my time and responsibilities effectively. I had to stay aware of what was required of me every day for work, school and home. Also, my experience as a parent taught me a few things about juggling responsibilities.
To be continued… blog entry three is coming soon, stay tuned!
Angela actively participated in extracurricular activities with her classmates and members of ANTSHE (Association of Non Traditional Students in Higher Education). Her husband, Robert Silver (on the right side of the first picture), showed his support by joining Angela in several of the events.