- High School: Bishop Ludden, Class of 1983
- Major at OCC: Human Services
A conversation with an old friend changed the path of Tim Lounsbery’s life. It was late 2015. He’d been working in the banking industry as a loan officer for more than 20 years but didn’t enjoy it any more. He ran into a friend who had decided to return to college later in life, came to OCC and had a great experience. “I said to myself, ‘You know what? I want to change careers!’ I visited campus, looked around and couldn’t believe what I saw. I hadn’t been up here since the 80s. The campus had a real college feel to it. A feeling came over me, an elation that I suddenly had a second chance to do something new and give back.”
By January 2016 the 50-year-old Lounsbery was a full-time student at OCC. “There was definitely a fear of the unknown. I wasn’t sure I could do this after 30-odd years. Since starting classes it’s been a fantastic experience.” Despite his banking background Lounsbery found math to be his most challenging subject. He became a regular at the College’s Learning Center, working with tutors twice a week to improve his proficiency.
This is Lounsbery’s second try at college. After graduating from high school the Westvale native attended a four-year school for a brief time. “I didn’t comprehend how important furthering my education was. I’m a much better student now.” As an adult learner he has a perfect 4.0 grade point average and has been selected for induction into the College’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa.
Lounsbery’s plan is to earn his associate degree by the end of 2017, then pursue a bachelor’s degree. His goal is a job which serves children, perhaps as a counselor. “I decided to major in Human Services because I want to help. Today’s kids are going through so much in their lives.”