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Q&A with Katelyn Badger

Adult contemporary students tell their stories

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Katelyn Badger’s story is typical of most Adult Contemporary students who choose to come back and finish their degree, in the sense that it’s completely unique. Every student has their own story to tell, and I am happy to share a little bit of Katelyn’s. I had the pleasure of working with her when she was president of the Adult Student Club, which I sponsor, and I found her to be smart, motivated, and charming—a complete delight to be around. As for her, she enjoyed her time at Parkland so much that she has endeavored to begin her career here as a fiscal program assistant. She recently took a few minutes to answer some questions about her journey. 

 

Q: What was your favorite part of being an Adult and Returning Student Services student?

A: My favorite part was being able to help start the Adult Student Club which unfortunately was short-lived. I wish that it could have been able to sustain but there just wasn’t a lot of interest. Another thing was collaborating with other students like me who have quit and come back so many times to try and finish my degree. (I changed my degree 6 times.)

 

Q: Where did you go to high school?

A: I went to Mahomet-Seymour schools.

 

Q: What was the final factor in your decision to come to Parkland and finish your degree?

A: My mom and I were getting our degrees together and taking classes together. We were having fun with challenging each other on who was going to get the better grade and she ended up passing away in 2012, one semester before she was going to graduate with her associate’s. I ended up quitting school and worked a full-time job. When that job was starting to drain me even further emotionally, my husband and I decided for me to quit the job and go back to school full-time. I chose to do my associate’s in accounting and finally after 10 years of going to school and quitting, I achieved getting my associate’s degree.

 

Q: How did your Parkland education help you earn your current position?

A: With getting my associate’s in accounting, I was able to get a job in Adult Education here at Parkland as a fiscal program assistant. I absolutely love my job, love my boss, and everyone I work with. I love being able to be in a position that helps students with their goals of getting their GED or learning English as a second language. 

 

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is considering a return to school?

A: I would tell them, never give up. Keep that goal in your mind and reach for it. Have a support person to help you through. My husband was my biggest supporter in getting my degree. Teachers, advisors, and counselors are there for you. Find a mentor, find a peer that helps you when you don’t understand homework. There are so many people and resources at Parkland that will help you achieve your goals in getting your degree and getting a better paying job.

 

I did it, a long time ago. Katelyn did it recently. You can do it too. You can reach your academic goals right here at Parkland, and we at Adult and Returning Student Services are here to help you get started.

 

Call 217/351-2482, email me, or visit room U214 to learn more.

 

-Tony Hooker, ahooker@parkland.edu

 Adult and Returning Student Services Advisor

Degree Completion Day, February 10 at 10 a.m.

Do you have questions about your graduation status, or want to see how close you are to completing your degree?

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Each semester, Parkland hosts Degree Completion Day – this year, join us on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 to see how close you are to graduation! Admissions staff will assist you with any graduation questions you might have, and Student Life will be available to provide information and answer questions about Commencement, such as how to order your cap and gown, and what to expect during the ceremony. As a reminder, March 2, 2021 is the deadline to turn in your petition to graduate for the spring and summer semesters. Find the petition here.

If you need assistance with registration, visit Counseling and Advising here. If you have further questions about your degree, or need assistance now, contact a Student Records Advisor:

Beth Chepan – last name A-K
bchepan@parkland.edu
Sarah Hartman – last name L-Z
sjhartman@parkland.edu

See you on Facebook Live/Zoom on Wednesday, February 10 at 10 a.m.!

If you are a current student, previous student, or one who was recently not approved for graduation, this day is for you. Each semester Parkland holds DEGREE COMPLETION DAY to help students find out everything they need to know about the graduation process. For the convenience of our students, this event will be held on Zoom and streamed on Parkland's official Facebook page. Questions can be answered on Zoom, Facebook chat, or via email. If you have a question about how close you are to completing your degree or for Counseling, or want to know more about Financial Aid, the staff listed below are ready to help you:

 

Zoom link:

https://parkland.zoom.us/j/82508040457

 

Advising bookings:

https://outlook office365.com/owa/calendar/BookingsAcademicAdvising@parkland1.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/

 

Petition to Graduate form:

https://www.parkland.edu/Main/About-Parkland/Department-Office-Directory/Admissions-Records/Forms

 

[Dennis Kaczor, Counseling Services]

Degree Completion Day

Learn how to get to the end of your college journey

Working toward your Parkland College degree or certificate? Do your parents have credits from Parkland but never completed a degree? You ALL could join us for Degree Completion Day, Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union (U building) to find out what's needed to finish.

Degree Completion Day might be an easy way to make your schedule for the rest of your college journey through student planning. Whether you're "so close" to your certificate or new to campus, this event is for you:

  • Counseling Services advisors will be available to check your progress.
  • Financial Aid will be there to let you know if you might qualify for a Pell Grant.
  • Petition to Graduate applications will be available, if you'll earn your degree this spring, summer, or fall.
  • Student Life will be on hand with information about commencement.
  • Refreshments, fun activities, and WPCD-FM live streaming will be part of the fun!

Come on over to the Student Union and learn about the other end of registration. See you there!

 

[Dennis Kaczor, Counseling Services]

 

Degree Completion Day

Learn how to get to the end of your college journey

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Working toward your Parkland College degree or certificate? Do your parents have credits from Parkland but never completed a degree? You ALL could join us for Degree Completion Day, Wednesday Oct. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the U building and find out what's needed to finish.

Degree Completion Day might be an easy way to make your schedule for the rest of your college journey through student planning. Whether you're "so close" to your certificate or new to campus, this event is for you:

  • Counseling Services advisors will be available to check your progress.
  • Financial Aid will be there to let you know if you might qualify for a Pell Grant.
  • Petition to Graduate applications will be available, if you'll earn your degree this fall.
  • Student Life will be on hand with information about commencement.
  • Refreshments, fun activities, and WPCD-FM live streaming will be part of the fun!

Come on over to the Student Union and learn about the other end of registration. See you there!

 

[Dennis Kaczor, Counseling Services]

 

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