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2008 Saint Leo University Graduate, Lorinda (Cindy) Eldredge has been iNKED!

Lorinda (Cindy) Eldredge
2008 Saint Leo University Alumni

Saint Leo University will always be ingrained in the history of my life.  In my 60s, I decided to enter a new phase of my life.  After a childhood with a mentally ill mother, I spent many years in the financial world.  Deciding to go into a different direction, I pursued a college degree.  (more…)

2009 Saint Leo University Graduate, Lauren Pelkey has been iNKED!

My whole experience at Saint Leo University was excellent!

SLU’s smaller class sizes and direct support from professors allowed me to discover a love for research and analytical thinking. All of our APA papers we had, helped me out more than I could have ever imagined when I got to grad school.

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Saint Leo University 2010 Graduate, Lisa Esposito has been iNKED!

I remember first beginning my search for colleges as a senior in high school. Being from New Jersey, one of my major concerns was getting out of the cold weather and going some place warm. At the time that seemed to be all that mattered. I applied to tons of schools in Florida not knowing which one would be the best for me and praying that my hopes of getting out of the snow would become a possibility. During my giant tour of colleges, Saint Leo was the last stop and at that point I was exhausted and ready to go home. If it was not the insistence of my father, I probably would not have gone that day and my whole life would have been different.

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Drs. Shannon Farris & Tammy Zacchilli Presenters at SETOP Feb. 24th

Drs. Shannon Farris & Tammy Zaccihilli presented iEngage Students Through Technology in the Classroom at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Atlanta, GA.

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Yvette Taylor has been iNKED!

Yvette Taylor
Senior, University Campus

Hello,

My name is Yvette Taylor and I am a student at Saint Leo University.  I am a divorced parent, raising three of my four daughters and a Desert Storm veteran.  At the age of 20 I left college and joined the US Air Force.  Fifteen years and four daughters later, I decided to return to college.  How could I tell my daughters that they had to go to college when I was not willing to finish it myself?  I was taught in the Air Force that you do not ask anyone to do anything that you are not willing to do.

In the summer of 2006, I returned to college part-time while working a full-time job.  In 2008, I was laid off my job of eleven years, and decided to go back to college full-time.  I graduated with honors from Pasco-Hernando Community College in December of 2009.  I remember praying that I would get into Saint Leo because of the prestigious reputation that the school has and I thought that it would look better on my resume’ than some of the other colleges in the area. The excitement I felt when I got my acceptance letter cannot be put into words.  I bought a shirt for every member of my family; I wanted the world to know that I am student at Saint Leo University.  Everyday that I walk the campus is like a dream for me.

This semester has been very hard for me because I have class until 6:10pm on Tuesdays.  This class really disrupts my family’s schedule because my youngest daughter has to be picked up by 3pm and my twin daughters have basketball practice every day until 5pm.  Along with these problems I am taking a class that is requires a lot of extra outside work in Dr. Farris’ class.  So I have had to bring my daughters to seminars so that I could earn extra credit in the class.

For the most part my daughters have been very supportive of me.  One day I came home complaining about the work load of this class, my oldest twin look at me and said

Mom if you had finished school when you were suppose to then you wouldn’t have this problem.  

I wanted to be mad at her, but she was right, so the mother in me took over.  My reply to her was “your right, so when you go to college remember how my going back to college later disrupted your life.  Do what you are supposed to do while you are there.”

My daughters are what really keep me going. If I want them to get a college degree, then I need to set the example. It is so funny to me that even on my worst day at school I have not ever considered quitting. And as hard as this class is for me, I haven’t ever considered not going to Grad school.  On the days when I feel discouraged, I look around at the campus and appreciate being a Saint Leo student, and tell myself,

Anything worth having is worth working hard for! Thank you Saint Leo!

                                            Graduation 2009 PHCC Yvette, daughters & nephew.

Have a positive Saint Leo story to tell? Email shannon.farris@saintleo.edu for details.

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