Each year, Georgia Military College honors one outstanding graduate from each of its campuses across the state. This also includes the online learning campus. For 2016, the GMC-Online Learning Campus Outstanding Graduate is Teagan Southern.
We alerted Teagan of this honor, and asked her to tell us a little about herself. Her response was heartfelt. We will let her introduce herself to you in her own words! Congratulations, Teagan!
From student, Teagan Southern:
"My name is Teagan Southern. I am 30 years old and I am one quarter away from graduating with a double major in Criminal Justice and Social Work from Georgia Military College.
When I was told I was nominated and needed to write a little bit about myself, I honestly cried a little. Where most people graduate high school and immediately go to college, I didn't have that luxury. I started working immediately, basically just working to pay bills. At the age of 28 I figured out a driving force of my heart was working with children. At this time I was lucky enough to fall in love with a man that lived in Augusta, Georgia so I moved and immediately started school at GMC-Augusta on campus. I took a full workload every quarter and don't regret it even with a full-time job. After three quarters on campus we found out we were moving to Connecticut. I was devastated with the idea of not finishing but as it turns out Georgia Military College has an online campus. I then continued my degree online, which after a year in CT, we moved again to Texas and GMC online campus came with me.
After two years this summer I will be graduating with a double major and then using my associates to transfer my credits to TWU to get my bachelor’s degree in Child Life Specialist. After putting my scholastic dreams on hold for 10 years, I will be using the skills gained in my classes to work with children and their families to better themselves and their situations. This is what my heart and mind has been working for and wanting for quite some time and if it wasn't for Georgia Military College and their flexibility, their quarter system, they're amazing staff who is always there to answer my constant questions, my on-campus counselor and my online counselor Mark along with the financial aid they offer, I don't think I would've been able to do it. Georgia Military College truly is a family experience! You have a group of people backing you who truly want you to succeed and they will go above and beyond to make sure that you do. Thank you Georgia Military College for making me feel like I could succeed when many people didn't think I would be able to."