Military Wife and Mother Makes Bachelor’s Degree a Priority
Finishing a college degree can be especially challenging for members of the military and their spouses. McKenzie Campbell started her degree at Eastern Kentucky University right out of high school, but was not able to complete it. “After a rough start to the traditional college route, I decided it best to stop and work full time,” she explained.
She became a certified pharmacy technician. She got married. Her husband, Blake, joined the army, and they were stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas.
“After the birth of our first child, I knew I needed to go back and finish what I started,” said McKenzie. “I was happy that I could pick up where I left off at EKU even though I lived in a different state.”
“I was welcomed with quick responses to any questions I had and received the help I needed.” said McKenzie, who enrolled in the EKU Online Psychology degree program with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorder.
“The online advisors and professors truly helped me get on track which allowed to me flourish in this environment. Getting their feedback on assignments has truly helped me gain understanding of my area of study!” she said.
The family moved to Fort Hood, Texas, and prepared for their first deployment. McKenzie came back to Kentucky for a few months to be near family and give birth to their second daughter while her husband was away. “She was born about a week before finals!” she said.
Life has been hectic with two small girls and her husband’s unpredictable training and work schedule, but McKenzie was able to stay on track with her assignments. “I was thankful to have a program that did not require me to be in a classroom at a specific time,” she said. Nothing seemed to slow her down.
Myra Beth Bundy, a professor of psychology, was McKenzie’s instructor for a course on behavioral disorders in children. She nominated McKenzie for the 2017 Outstanding Student Award, which recognizes exceptional EKU Online students. “She participated actively in online discussion and improved the quality of the peer discussion,” said Dr. Bundy.
McKenzie even encouraged her husband to finish his bachelor’s degree in general studies with EKU Online. “He only needed two classes. He wanted to finish before getting out of the military so he could pursue the next step immediately!” she said.
McKenzie’s goal is to work with the autism community. She knows her bachelor’s degree has prepared her for career success, but it means more to her than that.
“Having this degree is foremost a personal accomplishment that I had set aside for too long. I’m so excited to be able to say that I came back and finished it,” she explained. “Now that I’m getting ready to graduate in December as a mom of two young children with a third on the way, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to finish!”
Published on December 15, 2017