Lancaster – 35-year old Jessica Kull of Carroll has a lot on her plate. She is married, the mother of three boys, a full-time student and an October Student of the Month at OUL.
"Coming back to school as a non-traditional student at OUL has been wonderful for me," said Kull.
Kull is involved in several activities on campus. She is the secretary of Alpha Phi Omega and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Kull will graduate in May with an associate's degree in Accounting Technology. But, plans to re-enroll at OUL and continue to pursue bachelor's degrees in Communication and Applied Management. She wants to use the degrees to get a job as a corporate event planner.
"I like being able to talk to someone, hear what their vision is and then make it happen for them," said Kull.
Kull came back to college after getting married and having children. She originally started college right after high school but she said it just wasn't the right time for her. Kull learned later in life that she needed to finish what she started.
"I was a displaced worker and couldn't find another job because I didn't have a degree," said Kull. "I ended coming back as a non-traditional student when my schedule got a little more set, the kids were a little older, and I had the ability to come back."
Kull said her husband and children are supportive even though it's hard on the family at times. She is taking many of her classes online so she can be with her family when they need her.
"OUL's wide selection of online classes is fantastic. The majority of my classes are online because I can do them at 2 a.m. and I can do them running between Future Farmers of America, Boy Scouts, baseball, football and everything else that is going on in my life. It definitely is a non-traditional student friendly campus," said Kull. "I think I'm setting a good example for the kids showing them that you can do it and make it work."