Sarah Burgett


Sarah Burgett, 33, of Valley City, is receiving her associate of arts with an International Focus (with Honors).  Like so many students, Sarah started and then stopped.  Finally, Sarah identified and reinforced her reasons for getting an education, identified potential pitfalls and put plans in place to circumvent them, and with self-motivation, she got serious. 

In 2008, she decided to keep her education goals on track.  Graduation is in May, but she’s taking courses to complete her bachelor’s degree. “I’m already enrolled at The University of Akron where I am studying education and pursuing a licensure to teach integrated language arts in grades 7-12,” boasted Burgett.

As a wife, with three children at home, Burgett said she really had to organize everything and keep it that way.  She even scheduled herself to be on the LCCC campus two days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  “It made for long days, but I was not only able to attend classes, but also get homework completed as well,” noted Burgett.

She also had the opportunity to take courses online, which allowed for in-home education.  As an added bonus, Burgett discovered when she began learning material that resonated with her; she had more energy and time to get the work done.

In order to not stop this time, she had to keep her long-term goal in mind. “I want to teach,” she said. Burgett knows this is the profession for her and to reach her goal, she gave up simple pleasures like sleeping in, watching television or going out. 

“I really enjoyed attending school here. There were some great professors who introduced to me topics such as Hispanic literature,” said Burgett.  She especially loved the online class taught by Professor Rivera.

Like many adult learners, she’s proud of her accomplishments.  Burgett said, “It took me five years to finish my degree and I am the first to graduate in my family.  I’m excited.”  Her dream job is teaching in any high school.


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