"If you have a dream, don’t wait to pursue it."
Years ago, Margaret Green of Manton, MI faced a challenge with which many other mothers struggle. She was a year away from graduating with her Bachelor’s degree when her daughter was born. “I wanted very much to finish that last year of school, but I also wanted to be home with my child while she was young.” Now, at 49, Margaret has realized that continuing to delay completing her degree is counterproductive. In fact, she considers her drive to finish her education an important part of being a good mother. “My daughter will see a college education as something that she can easily accomplish one day.”
Before returning to school, Margaret was caring for her father, homeschooling her daughter, and running her own business. Not surprisingly, the added time constraint of coursework has caused her to rearrange her schedule, but what was at first terrifying has become a positive change. “Being a student has added a new dimension to my life. I am excited about my day when I get up in the morning. I have more self-confidence, a greater sense of hope, and a tremendous sense of drive.”
That drive propels Margaret to pursue her degree, and not just because she wants to inspire her daughter; she has her own dreams to achieve. Margaret is a proponent of alternative energy, alternative building methods, and energy conservation and efficiency. Her dream is to help build a more sustainable future through aquaponics, a solution for growing large amounts of food in small urban environments. “I’m looking at how people can grow their own food locally and not depend on government subsidies. The business degree has given me a good foundation for how business works, and I want to use it to legitimize what I’m doing and to get funding. You can’t just have a good idea; you have to know how you’re going to find it, run it, and manage it. The mechanics of running an organization is what I’ve learned at Ashford. Running a business is 1% good idea and 99% work! I’m in a position that I can write a business plan and suggest it to people. We have the knowledge and the technology to feed the masses. I want to be part of solving that problem, and Ashford has given me the tools.”
Completing her Bachelor’s degree online is the first step to securing the credentials she needs to be a reputable contributor in this field. Margaret is living up to her own advice: “If you have a dream, don’t wait to pursue it.”