Victoria Boyd has a great excuse for not attending college. Boyd suffers from lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your tissues and organs. “There are weeks when it is a struggle just to get out of bed and sit at a computer,” she says of her condition. But Boyd isn’t looking for excuses. Instead, she’s pursuing degrees in not one, but two, programs – accounting and paralegal.
Like many adults who decide to return to school later in life, Boyd is hoping that a college education will improve her financial situation. Boyd works as a fulltime graphic artist, but believes a college degree will present better opportunities for employment in a competitive job market. “We were living paycheck to paycheck,” Boyd says. “We could barely make ends meet. It seemed there was always more month than money.”
Her husband was attending Harrison College, and she found inspiration in him. “My husband has influenced me to keep going,” she says. “He knows that I have it in me to succeed.” Boyd takes 100% of her classes online, and has made Dean’s List twice. She is on schedule to graduate in 2013.