Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Inspired By Her Children, Trina Went Back to School at Peirce

Everyone has their own reasons for returning to school as a working adult learner. For Trina Wallace, it was about becoming a positive role model for her children and finally pursuing her dream of opening her own nonprofit agency for youths and singles.

Trina will graduate on June 8th with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Small Business Entrepreneurship. She currently works full-time for a nonprofit agency serving homeless and other low-income families in West Philadelphia. When her job and her children inspired her to pursue her dream of taking the first steps to owning her own agency one day, Trina went back to school.

Trina says she’s “always had a love for learning. I love being well-informed about [a variety] of things to better help others, my family and myself.

Adult learner and 2017 Peirce College Graduate, Trina Wallace“At 16, I became a mother, and by 18 I was the mother of two. It has always been important to me to model the behavior I wanted my children to live by. I’ve always told them that education was the key to opening up any door they wanted to walk through. I felt hypocritical trying to encourage them to do things that I had not yet done. That was my driving force to return to school as an adult.”

Trina found Peirce College through an online search for an adult learning program, “I had found many schools that offered partial online, partial classroom programs. I gravitated to Peirce when I found out I could get my entire degree online.” Trina didn’t have to worry about the fact that she lived in Virginia and Peirce is in Philadelphia. She could enjoy the comfort of home while earning her degree.

In addition to the convenience, Trina found another benefit to learning fully online: it strengthened some of her soft skills. “My Peirce education has both strengthened and tested my commitment, dedication and self-discipline,” she says. “Those skills can take individuals anywhere they want to go in life. In my opinion, the most valuable part of earning a degree is that you prove your ability to stick with a task to completion, despite the various obstacles that may present themselves.”

Those various obstacles that Trina spoke about can come in all shapes and sizes. In Trina’s case, she was, “juggling a full-time job, managing properties independently as a second job, running a household and parenting two teens/young adults while attending school.”

She adds that “When you see an older adult return to school, immediately you can look at them and know they really want it! Something has transpired in their life to make returning to school a necessity.”

Trina knew her educational journey would not be easy, but she knew it would be worth it. “There will be some sacrifices [you] must make, but the pride [you] will feel after meeting such a challenging goal will be unmatched.

“When a person can navigate through this world we live in with that kind of pride and self-confidence, then they have already won. The world’s doors just open for people like that.”

Peirce congratulates Trina on finishing one leg of her journey and beginning the new road pursuing her dreams of owning her own nonprofit agency. We’re looking forward to one day seeing her agency providing housing and life skills services for youths and singles.

If you or someone you know is ready to pursue their dream like Trina did, connect with an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu to learn how you can take the first step to making your dream reality.