Got a new SPW: 39-year old Megan Stemm-Wade just earned her undergrad and masters degrees, with honors, from DePaul University.
(BTW, she’s on Tumblr)
Way to go Megan!
I started college right after I graduated high school in 1992, but in
my first semester there, I was assaulted. I flunked out that semester
and it took me years not only to face what had happened, but to
understand and work through the difficult associations I had with
college and that experience.
I went back to school after sitting out a semester, but I never went
back full time and instead got a began working and took classes off
and on. Somewhere along the line I decided I just wasn’t college
material and gave up the idea of finishing my degree.
Fast forward about ten years. I moved to Chicago and married a lovely
man who always encouraged me to test my limits and see for myself how
much I could achieve in life. I had managed to work my way through
entry level jobs in public service into non-profit fundraising, but I
could see that without a college degree, I would not move much
further. After some years of counseling, I finally faced my demons and
decided to finish my undergraduate degree. In 2005, I enrolled in
DePaul University’s School for New Learning, a degree completion
program for adult students. Three years later, I graduated with a 3.9
GPA and honors with my BA in Communication and Culture. Along the way,
I found a long-ignored passion for writing and media studies and I
loved every minute of getting my degree.
With the encouragement of my husband and my wonderful faculty
advisors, Kate Johnson and Renee Gilbert-Levin, I applied for graduate
school and was accepted into DePaul’s Media and Cinema Studies program
in the College of Communications in 2010. Graduate school was a huge
challenge, one of the hardest I’ve faced, but I dug in my heels and am
happy to say that I graduated this June with a 3.8 GPA. While in the
program, I’ve been published in a peer-reviewed journal, given
presentations at academic conferences, and most important, found my
voice and an inner strength and confidence that I thought I’d lost
forever in 1992. I’m 39, and I feel like my life is just beginning.
I’m so proud.