With Trevecca’s 116th Commencement Convocation just a week away, the Class of 2017 is busy preparing for the big day. Erica T. Holmes will earn her bachelor’s in health care administration from Trevecca’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies on May 6. She'll be one of three graduates speaking during the ceremony.
Holmes finished her degree at Trevecca while working full-time. We asked her to share some advice for students who are thinking about going back to school or just starting the program. Here’s what she had to say.
1. Don't be so hard on yourself.
Especially if you've been out of school for a while, cut yourself some slack. Study habits and information you thought you had lost will start to come back.
2. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
That's what your professors are there for. They like to hear from you and are very welcoming. If there is something you don't understand or are struggling with, immediately reach out to them.
3. Interact with your classmates. Form study/support groups.
Your classmates will become your second family, and you need each other. While in the HCA program, I have met some wonderful people who have inspired, encouraged and blessed me. When one of us got discouraged and felt like throwing in the towel, we quickly reminded each other that we have already overcome the hardest part because in spite of what was going on in our lives, we had made the decision to pursue our dreams. The weekly devotions were very helpful; it was there that I found most of my encouragement and strength. Classmates opened up about life situations, fears, their jobs, their faith, hope for the future and what was going on in the world.
4. Make a plan.
While you’re going through the program, there will be a lot of information to retain. Set aside time each night to read and review. Let your loved ones help you prepare for exams and utilize the many resources Trevecca has to offer.
5. Have fun!
Take time to actually enjoy the process and always remember that with God all things are possible.