Kathy Frease

BA Creative Writing & English, Class of 2015

"The stability of school is what gave me the strength to pursue my new life."

I started school in March of 2012. I was doing well, and enjoyed my classes, classmates and professors. Sadly, in January of 2013, I ended up fleeing an abusive marriage and running away from Pennsylvania. I landed first in North Carolina. Starting life over isn't easy, and my struggle was just beginning. Trying to get my emotions and life back on track was going to take me awhile, but the one thing that I held very dear to me is my schooling. I was out of school for a couple of months, and I knew that I needed to get back to it. It is the one thing in my life that made me feel proud of myself.

Finally, I got into a stable home, and was able to get my courses started again. I was on scholastic warning for a while, but I understood why, and I have fought hard to get my GPA average up and removed from the warning.

It has been a year since I have started my life over. My trials have been hard, but the one thing I can say is that if it wasn't for wanting to better myself and further my education, it's hard to say what would have become of me. I am very grateful to SNHU for taking the chance on me and giving me a second chance to prove to them and to myself that I can do this, and that I can succeed in whatever it is that I choose to do in my new life.

My future now is bright and holds many promising and successful adventures. The stability of school is what gave me the strength to pursue my new life. The professors and classmates make attending SNHU a much more enjoyable experience. And most of all my, advisor has been the best. Without her and her encouragement, I don't know what I would have done. Thank you, SNHU, for giving someone a chance to prove to you and to themselves that even though it can get tough, the reward of the success is the sweetest.