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Norresha Taylor, December 2011
What inspired you to seek a college education?
No member of my family has ever received a college degree and I wanted to break that cycle and encourage the younger members of my family to further their education. I just wanted to do something different because I felt I had something to prove.
What would you say your motivation for succeeding is?
My motivation for succeeding is my family. I am married with four young children and I want to inspire them to receive all the education they can. I want them to understand that education pays off. I also want to make a better life for my family. Receiving my bachelors opens up more possibilities for me to receive a job that will allow me to be financially stable.
What is your academic major or area of study, and what are some of your possible career goals?
My academic major is Social Work. After I graduate from WKU with my bachelors in Social Work, I plan on obtaining a career in the field of substance abuse. I also plan to go on and get my master in Social Work. I enjoy helping others and making a difference in the lives of others.
In as many words as you would like, please tell us a little about yourself.
I came from a low-income family where there wasn't much encouragement to succeed. My mother and father were high school dropouts and they were also young parents. As a child I never lived in a stable environment and I was moved around a lot. I struggled to find my place in the world but I always knew one thing; and that was I was going to do well in school and graduate. In my junior year of high school, 1998, I became pregnant and had a baby boy in June. I was still determined to graduate high school at this point and I was thankful that the school provided a daycare for young mothers and fathers. The following year of high school, 1999, I became pregnant again with not only one but two babies. I had twin girls in April and went on to graduate that May. Like I said I was determined to graduate and break the family cycle about the importance of education. I wanted to go to college but since I had young children, I decided to put it off for awhile. Once my children got older I went on to Owensboro Community and Technical College and obtained a degree in Human Services in fall of 2010. The following spring I obtained an Associate in Arts. I started OCTC thinking that I would just get an associate's degree and stop there. But while working on my associates I realized that I needed to go further in my education and get my bachelors as well. That's when I realized that WKU was bringing an extension of their college to Owensboro and I was excited; this would be right in time for me to start my bachelor's degree. With the help of OCTC, I transferred over to WKU and was accepted into the Social Work program. Now here I am, I know my place in the world, and I couldn't be more excited about where I am in my life right now considering where I came from. I am enjoying my education at WKU-O and I feel like a part of the WKU family.