Lorrie Kenyon is doing something she never expected to be doing at this point in her life. The 45-year-old mother of three is a college student majoring in Business Administration with a 3.9 grade point average. In October she was inducted into international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. “I’m still in disbelief over getting into PTK,” she said.
Kenyon works as an office manager for a home improvement company. She got interested in college in the fall of 2012 when one of her sons began taking classes here. She discovered OCC offered courses online and decided to give college a try. “I had always regretted not getting a degree and in some ways felt ill-equipped to be an office manager. I enrolled and here I am!”
Kenyon decided to start with a basic English course, ENG 104, and credits Professor Laurel Saiz with making it the beginning of her journey and not the end. “That first step was very scary. If it wasn’t for Professor Saiz and my experience with the class I don’t know if I would have had the gumption to keep going. I was trying to fulfill the English requirement but what I got was so much more than that. I realized I enjoyed the learning aspect.”
In May 2015 her son, David Nassif graduated from OCC with a degree in Engineering Electrical Technology. Kenyon will earn her degree eventually and is beginning to ponder life after OCC. “Initially I just wanted an associate degree but now I’m thinking about a bachelor’s.”
Kenyon has a simple message for anyone who is considering trying college later in life. “Go for it! There are so many services in place to help and support you. You can do it!”