“As a lifelong learner, I understand that it takes skills and knowledge to lead and pursue a productive life,” says Nancy Adkins, a South University, Online Programs student pursuing her Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies degree.
As for the motivating factor behind her interest in Paralegal Studies, it’s simple. “This will enhance my ability to give back and to help someone else,” she explains.
Serving her community is nothing new for Nancy. For the past 8 years, Nancy has been a life coach mentor at a juvenile detention facility in Detroit. She has also served as a volunteer at Vista Maria Girls Youth Home as well as been involved in many other activities through her church.
“My work experience in management at the 36th District Court in Detroit, Michigan, along with volunteering in my community and caring for others has been the catalyst, through education, for the accomplishments that I have made,” she says.
Through the combination of these experiences, Nancy is confident that she is gaining the leadership, research and problem-solving skills she needs to be effective as a paralegal.
South University, Online Programs Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director for Legal Studies, Lisa K. Dunham, Esq. agrees. ”Ms. Adkins is an extremely bright, articulate and hardworking woman with good work habits and a clear vision of her future,” she says. “In class, Ms. Adkins was eager to learn, attentive and enthusiastic, and, she performed exemplary work.”
In part, Nancy credits her diligence and focus on education to being raised by an elementary school principal who instilled in her the importance of knowledge. “I know that education is the key to success as it relates to all aspects of life and it has given me the ability to succeed in past endeavors,” she says.
In 2015, Nancy was awarded the South University Path to Graduation Scholarship from the Education Foundation. “Receiving this scholarship will help me to continue and finalize the direction I started many years ago as I have overcome many obstacles along the way,” explains Nancy. “I am determined to reach my goal.”
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