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"My undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University was in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Consumer Affairs and a Business minor. Thanks to the guidance of Dr. Linda Simpson, I completed my graduate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences in one year by attending summer school immediately after receiving my undergraduate degree."

"During my 5 years at EIU I maintained part-time jobs, played on the Badminton club team, was involved in community service initiatives as well as professional/educational organizations, participated in Army ROTC and pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc."

"Had it not been for the support from the Family and Consumer Sciences department – in the form of guidance/encouragement from professors, internship, scholarships, graduate assistantship, etc. - I would not be the successful career woman I am today."

"For the past 6 years I have worked in the financial aid department for online universities and am currently a Student Finance Manager for Colorado Technical University Online.  With the knowledge I gained at EIU, I have become an experienced professional with a combination of communication, organization, customer service and leadership skills. I currently use these skills to ensure the timely delivery and accurate implementation of financial aid."