Meet Stephanie, a soon-to-be 46-year old senior at Portland State University. She’s majoring in Communications with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
I just moved from Columbus, Ohio to Portland, Oregon to finish my Bachelor’s Degree.
I began attending Ohio State University a year after high school. I had to attend part-time, in the evenings because I worked at my dad’s company full-time during the day. It was a condition for having my tuition paid for by him. Then I started failing classes. I couldn’t keep up. I was the first person in our entire family to ever attend college. No one had any advice or help for me on how to attend, what was expected. My schedule didn’t allow for appointments with advisors.
I continued to try to get my degree over the years, but work won out. Finally, on December 14, 2012 I received my Associate of Arts degree from Columbus State Community College. I wasn’t able to return to Ohio State because of my poor grade history with them. It left me with little option on where to attend to receive a Bachelor’s degree. I attended Ohio Dominican University for a few semesters. Then, my Subsidized Loans ran out (it’s an expensive school!). I had to find somewhere to attend where I could finish college and a friend suggested coming to Portland.
I picked up and moved. My credits added up to a senior rank and once I become a resident of Oregon, I will be able to afford to finish college.
I have hopes to become a sex coach, to write books, achieve my Masters Degree and become an academic lecturer and workshop facilitator regarding human sexuality.
After working in the corporate world for 25 years, I am finally going to do what I want to do, my life’s passion. I want to help others achieve the sex life they desire and be educated about sex.
I have a syndicated sex advice column and began volunteering for sex information hotlines in 1999.