Shauna Mays might have had a slow start on her college education, but she’s moving along quickly now. After high school, Shauna went to work at a bank and enjoyed the freedom that a job can bring. Two children followed and it wasn’t until 2007 that she began working on an associate’s degree through an accelerated program at Springfield College (Benedictine). She completed her degree in December 2010 and moved into the PACE program in July 2010.
In addition to her PACE classes, Shauna is a busy mother to her 14-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son, both of whom have busy school and activity schedules. She works full-time as an eligibility specialist for ConsociateDansig, a health insurance company, and has been with the company for seven years.
The PACE program was a good fit for Shauna because it is close to home, she has friends in the program, and the one night a week schedule suits for her lifestyle. Attending class one night a week gives her more time to be with her kids and resume an active role as a volunteer for various activities. “I was used to taking two classes every 8 weeks at Springfield College, one of which was online every 8 weeks, so the move to only one class per week was great. I also really like being in an actual classroom instead of a virtual classroom. It’s more personable; I like meeting new classmates and getting to know the instructors,” says Shauna.
The Organizational Leadership program has required her to learn to write in the APA format, which she admits can be challenging, but she says starting the PACE program has been “the smoothest transition I’ve had in a long time.” Not only is she enjoying the PACE program and her classes, but she has also found that everyone on campus has been helpful and resourceful. “Everything is here for us; we just have to utilize the resources, “she says.
As she looks ahead, she sees several possibilities available such as advancing in her current field of insurance, moving into the human resources field, or testing the waters in the hospitality arena. She wouldn’t mind looking at the Disney industry, too. She’s fairly confident that she’ll continue on for a master’s degree. Working on her educational goals as an adult has taught her that her goals are reachable, and her success has given her the confidence to do more.