Guest blog by:
Bachelor of Business Administration, Management
12/2013 Walsh College
I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a solid upbringing by my parents. I was always taught that life is no easy task, and at times it is not fair. My Mother and Father did an excellent job prepping me for a life of challenges, so I always felt ready. I graduated high school in 2007 and in 2009 I decided to dive into college one hundred percent. I was so excited to finally start college. I decided to attend Macomb Community College in the Business Administration program. But on August 19, 2009, tragedy struck. Just six days before I started my first course, I received a phone call saying that my 49-year-old father suddenly passed away. I was completely devastated. But I knew my Dad, and I knew that he would not have wanted me to dwell on it. He would have never wanted that to stop me from pursuing my dream of going to college. So I held onto my hat and headed, chin-up, into my first class the very next day after his funeral. One month later, I was laid off by my company which later closed. But a little under 16 weeks later, I made it through those 14 credit hours (4 courses), never once missing a class, with 3 A’s and one A-minus. I knew he would be so proud.
And in December of 2010, I finally graduated with an Associate Degree in Business Administration with a 3.914 GPA, and walked as Phi Theta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude. I knew that it was a great accomplishment, but the road was not over. My next journey would begin later in 2011 as a new student at Walsh College. In the fall of 2011, I learned that I received the Walsh College Alumni Association Scholarship. I was beyond ecstatic. The thought that there were Alumni of Walsh that have donated funds so that someone else could have an education just as they did, blew my mind. I never fully understood the idea of philanthropy until that exact moment in my life.
The first person that I called was my Mom when I found out that I received the scholarship. We were both crying and it was an incredible moment that I’ll never forget. I have already been through so much in my short 23 years. But knowing that the financial hardship that might have come with attending college was lifted has really made a substantial difference in my life. If it wasn’t for the scholarship, there really is no telling how many more hours, or jobs, I would have to work just to pay my tuition. I am so fortunate to be the recipient of such a wonderful scholarship. The scholarship has inspired me to do better than my best and one day give back, just as everyone who did for the Walsh College Alumni Association Scholarship. If you’re reading this, and you’re someone who donated for the scholarship, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart; you’ll never know what a blessing this has been.
PS- I will be attending/ volunteering at the Walsh College Alumni Association Golf Outing on August 24, 2012. I am looking forward to meeting and thanking all the donors who attend in person.
To meet Nichole or for more information on the WCAA Golf Outing visit walshcollege.edu/wcaagolf.
To donate to scholarships like the one Nichole received visit walshcollege.edu/giving.