Karitsa Kerns, Metropolitan College Business Administration Graduate 2014
Karitsa Kerns, Metropolitan College Business Administration Graduate 2014

From Dream to Goal
Karitsa Kerns represents the vision of Metropolitan College. She currently runs her own Tax and Accounting firm, and is making all her dreams come true. “When I started my degree in Metropolitan College, I came to realize that I could take control of my life and get to the places where I wanted to be,” said kerns.
Five years ago, Karitsa didn’t know how much her life would change as she took one of the most defining steps of her life: enrolling in Metropolitan College at JCSU to obtain her Bachelor’s degree.
Karitsa had always wanted to go to an HBCU, but with a full time job in a busy company’s accounting department, and as a single mother of two, it was not easy or even realistic for her to enroll in a traditional college program. “One day I saw a billboard on Beatties Ford Road about Metropolitan College at JCSU, and my life changed forever,” said Kerns. She then did some research and found out that Metropolitan College offered options that could help her combine her studies with her highly demanding life.
Karitsa was a little scared in the beginning of this journey, because she knew it was not going to be easy for her to juggle so many different responsibilities as an adult student, single mother of two and full time worker. But one thing was very clear in her mind: she wanted a better life and wanted to serve as a role model for her two kids, a five and a 15 year old at the time.
The Master Plan
Karitsa’s determination was much stronger than any obstacles that might have come between her and her goal. So she put up a plan to make sure she had all the resources she needed in order to succeed in this endeavor. The master plan included obtaining support from her family and friends and taking advantage of Metropolitan College’s solutions for adult students. These solutions include accelerated programs, meaning that what typically takes place in a semester is conducted within an 8-week term; evening schedules; and online classes. All these options made it realistic for Karitsa to be able to manage her time efficiently, while taking care of her many other duties.

The financial part of going back to school was hard too, so Karitsa started looking for support in her workplace. After discussing her plan with her manager, she found out that the company offered tuition reimbursement for the employees, so she enrolled in that program.

But she continued knocking on doors to obtain as much help as needed, so she advanced her research process and applied to several scholarships and financial aid, which helped alleviate the cost. “I created a strong support network and the $10,000 scholarship I got was a great incentive, but still sometimes it got tough and I wondered if I was going to make it,” Karitsa said, while some tears inevitably show in her eyes, as she remembers both her joy and her struggle.

Staying Strong Throughout the Journey

During the hard times, Karitsa found relief and motivation from her peers and professors. She felt like she had the perfect environment at Metro, because she could relate to the experience and challenges of other adult students. Among the factors that helped her get through, Karitsa cherishes the small and personalized groups and the family knit interaction with her classmates, faculty and advisors. “I felt like my professors and peers really appreciated and understood my experience and views as an adult learner,” she stated.

Karitsa graduated in 2014 in Business Administration with a concentration in Management, and soon after she got a promotion at her job. “When I graduated and realized what I was able to do I felt like I could conquer the world. Obtaining my degree at Metropolitan College gave me the confidence I needed to continue growing and pursuing my dreams,” said Kerns.

Ms. Kerns has continued capitalizing on her potential, and is now close to finishing her MBA. She also left her 15 yearlong job and founded her own company KNK Tax and Accounting Services LLC. You can contact her at karitsakerns@gmail.com or call her at 980-201-6870.

Obtaining my degree at Metropolitan College gave me the confidence I needed to continue growing and pursuing my dreams.

Ms. Karitsa Kerns on a photo session with Metropolitan College's Instructional Designer, Mr. John Bannister.
Ms. Karitsa Kerns on a photo session with Metropolitan College's Instructional Designer, Mr. John Bannister.
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