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It's never too late to earn a degree

It's never too late to earn a degree

It’s never too late to follow your dreams. Just ask Alicia Staniford.

The Ohio University Southern student completed her degree this fall, eight years after she began her journey.

The Elliot County, Kentucky, resident entered college right out of high school, as many students do. She completed most of her prerequisite courses at another institution, but, as it tends to do, life happened.

Staniford put a hold on her college goals, becoming a stay-at-home mom. But she never gave up on her dream of becoming a nurse. She is now a member of the Fall Class of 2020, having completed the Associate Degree Nursing program. She has already accepted a job offer with King’s Daughters Health System.

“It was something I really wanted to do, and I waited a long time to go back,” she said. “I was really excited.”

She had asked around to former students of the OHIO Southern nursing program to see if it would be a good fit for her.

“I talked to a couple of people who went here and they said it was a great program, they had great instructors and they really enjoyed themselves,” she said.

When Staniford started at OHIO Southern in 2018, she had three small children. By the time she finished, she had an 8-year-old, a 7-year-old, a five-year old, and another little one, now 8 months old.

“The baby was born two weeks before finals last semester,” she said. “It was right in the middle of the pandemic and I was studying for clinicals and finals in the hospital. I took a couple of finals with him on my lap. It was difficult but I had a really good support system, including my sister, my parents and my husband. We are making it.”

At the end of the two-year program, Staniford said she loved her experience at the Southern campus.

“The instructors, a lot of them are like family,” she said. “They really want you to succeed. That’s apparent in how they teach.”

Spring 2021 classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19. To schedule a virtual appointment with an advisor, visit https://www.ohio.edu/southern/future-students/schedule-visit.

Note: OHIO University will observe winter closure beginning Dec. 21, 2020 – Jan. 5, 2021.