Professional & Continuing Studies

Cathy Kinney at graduation
“Working toward this degree has absolutely changed my perspective on life.”

“I started classes at UD right after high school, but then I decided that I wanted to go to work instead and dropped out of college. As I grew older I began to regret that decision. So, when I started working at UD, I took advantage of the free tuition for employees, and I began taking classes one at a time… that was all I could handle while working full-time, raising two children, and being a caregiver of an elderly relative. Although there were some challenging times, I remained steadfast and will graduate with my Associate in Arts degree in May 2012.”

“Working toward this degree has absolutely changed my perspective on life. It has taught me that though it may not be easy, anything can be accomplished with determination, dedication, discipline and diligence. I’ve also gained a sense of confidence and pride in earning a degree.”

“Going back to school may feel a little intimidating. The advisers in the ACCESS Center are great to work with and will keep you on track as you progress. Your adviser can help ease any anxiety you might be feeling. When in doubt, it pays off to speak with your ACCESS adviser!”

Cathy Kinney is a senior administrative assistant in the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Working full-time and taking classes part-time, she completed an associate in arts degree at UD, and even participated in UD’s study abroad trip to Siena, Italy, during Winter Session 2012. Click here to read the rest of Cathy Kinney’s story on UDaily.