The internets has a much better memory than I do. Proof: I just found an article I wrote a year ago for a mailer Evergreen sends out. On a whim I googled my name (and thus far none of the hits have been me, thank goodness) and today I actually recognized one. Phew. That feels weird. Here it is, in all of it’s glory. I don’t think I’ll be writing articles any time soon…
What Brought You to Evergreen?
It had been more than a decade since Michelle Gulden was last in school when she decided to enroll at The Evergreen State College. She had earned her two-year degree at South Puget Sound Community College, after which she decided to â€œtake a short, 11-year break.â€ Gulden filled those years and more as a single mother and working full time. Then she married, had another child and became a stay-at-home mom. All the while, she wrestled with whether or not to return to school to earn a bachelorâ€™s degree.
â€œI felt like there was some unfinished business I had with my education before I went back to work. I wanted a bachelorâ€™s degree and I thought, â€˜Itâ€™s now or never,â€™â€ says Gulden, 41, whose career goal is to work in human resources. Gulden read feature articles in Evergreenâ€™s Evening and Weekend Studies Class Listing that were mailed to her house and found that the non-traditional college age students featured in these articles echoed the insecurities that had been keeping her from returning to school while at the same time providing ample assurance.
â€œOlder students said they felt afraid and insecure, but found Evergreen to be a welcoming and supportive environment,â€ explains Gulden, who continued to contemplate returning to college for three more years. Attending Evergreenâ€™s quarterly Academic Fair helped put her concerns to rest. â€œIt was a treat to meet the faculty before taking their class. They were so helpful in alleviating all my fears. I would definitely recommend going if someone is worried about returning to college.â€
Winter 2008 Gulden took the plunge. She chose Evergreen because of the beautiful campus and the affordability, among other reasons. â€œI chose Evergreen because the schedule of Evening and Weekend Studies met my and my familyâ€™s needs.Â The classes looked very interesting too â€“ not your typical â€˜cookie cutterâ€™ college classes,â€ Gulden notes.
Gulden enrolled in a literature program, a subject she felt comfortable with, to ease into the process of becoming a student again after so long. â€œI know it sounds clichÃ©, but Evergreen is everything I thought it would be. I love the diversity of the students, the supportive faculty and how laid back everyone is,â€ she adds.
Hannah graduated from The Evergreen State College this past summer. She hopes to go on to graduate school for a degree in deaf education or library science â€“ or both.
Goodness… I even forgot what I wanted to be doing now. Library science? Hmm….