Barbara's On Track Story
Growing up, Barbara Wells always enjoyed going to school and learning new things. But a lack of career inspiration after graduating from high school led her to the decision to not attend college and go the technical route instead. Now that Barbara has realized her passion, she has gotten on track to earn her bachelor's degree.
Barbara came to find what she loves while working as a transcript specialist in the K-State Office of Admissions.
“I just really love working with students,” Barbara said. “I was evaluating a college transcript one day and looked down at the signature of the registrar and said to myself, I could do something with higher education, but I need a degree.”
She plans on obtaining a social science degree due to her interests in psychology, anthropology and sociology.
“Every class I've taken here at K-State teaches me a little more about myself and the world and how we interact,” Barbara said.
Married with no children, Barbara said this is the perfect time for her to earn her degree. She has been able to keep her full-time job while taking classes thanks to the university's online class options.
“What's nice about the online option is I don't have to feel uncomfortable in a room full of younger students,” Barbara said. “I'm able to interact with my classmates at any time during the day, whether that's over my lunch break, early in the morning, or in the evening.”
Barbara's student status will soon be a junior, which she says is a great feeling. After she graduates, she hopes to continue her education and possibly earn a master's degree.
“I'd like to get my master's in academic advising in higher education,” Barbara said. “Even if I don't go on to graduate school and change my career path, as somebody who has been through higher education I can still help students by being better-rounded.”
Barbara said both her husband and her coworkers have been supportive and encouraging throughout her degree-seeking process. Her boss at the time she decided to go back to school had earned her degree a bit later in life, which gave Barbara the final push to hit the books once again.
“Getting on track has built confidence and made me feel well-rounded as a person,” Barbara said.