Student Spotlight: Meet Jennifer Hamilton, Broadview University Paralegal Student and Mom
Published on May 9, 2014 by Bob Trewartha
Some of our students come right out of high school, but many first went to another college, got a job right away, or started a family. Jennifer Hamilton, paralegal student at Broadview University-West Jordan, is one of those students who has been out in the “real world” and wants to improve her opportunities. I had a chance to sit down and ask her a few questions. Meet Jennifer Hamilton—full-time employee, paralegal student and mom.
Tell me a little about yourself.
I am a 37-year-old, full-time working single mom. I am a Global Enterprise Adviser for Verizon Wireless, and I work 8-10 hour days Monday-Friday. My son is five years old, and between his sports schedule, my school schedule, and work, I am a very busy bee.
Why did you choose to go back to school? Why Broadview?
I chose to go back to school so that I could show my son the value of education. I wanted him to see that you can achieve it no matter how old you are, even though I would prefer that he did it much earlier than me. I also want to be one of the two children in my family of four children that got a degree and established a great career.
I chose Broadview University because I liked the commercial that told about the school. I was sold after I met the admissions person at the Broadview University-Salt Lake three years ago. It seemed to be more pliable and able to work around my schedule, which as you can see, is a hectic one.
What advice do you have for new students?
I would advise new students that there is no limit to what you can do. You will have your moments when you feel life is too much to finish, and you may want to give up, but hang in there. I promise it will all be worth it in the long run. Also, make sure you take advantage of all opportunities to get your credits without having to attend class, via work experience and/or testing out.
What would be your perfect career opportunity?
My perfect career would be one that I would be challenged. Every day would be something new. I would also be able to have the flexibility to be a mother and work from home when needed. I would love to be able to earn as much, if not more than, what I am earning now.
Why do you feel it is important for people to get a college degree?
There are a lot more people than jobs available. You need to be competitive, and the only way to be among the cream of the crop is to show you have the drive and determination to get your education. The only way to prove you have that drive is with a college degree. You are never too old to learn, so get your degree.