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Vicki Clark

BS Marketing, Class of 2016

"SNHU has helped me to realize that more of my dreams are within reach and that you are never too old to achieve."

My name is Vicki Clark, and I am in my third year at SNHU, working toward my bachelor’s degree in marketing. I am 46 years old, with a wonderful, supportive husband and three grown children ages 27, 23 and 22. I was young when I had my children, and I was not able to go to college when most kids would attend. I didn't have the wild, college years — I was changing diapers and trying to make rent each month. It was a lot for any 19-year-old to handle, but I wouldn't change a thing.

A college degree is something I always dreamed about, but to be honest, I never thought it would happen for me. I preached and preached to my kids about college, and I was living vicariously through them and their hopes and dreams. However, in 2011 when I was laid off, my husband suggested I take time off from work, and focus on school. It was incredibly scary, but also exciting to think about actually doing it!

I remember my first class, English 100. It was so thrilling to be learning and, most importantly, working toward a goal and thinking about my own hopes and dreams. I cannot tell you how exciting it was when I received my first A! It is challenging to keep up with my grades while working, but I have already been inducted into one honor society, and I would love to keep my high GPA, so I can graduate with honors. It is a wonderful thing to push yourself to see what you can do, and I love the challenge! I will graduate in 2016, and every time I think about it, I get emotional. I think about my kids and my husband watching me walk across the stage to get my diploma. SNHU has helped me to realize that more of my dreams are within reach and that you are never too old to achieve.