As a mother of five whose professional life appeared to have stalled, Linsey Rollins knew she needed something to propel her career to the next level. After more than eight years working as a shift lead manager at Walgreens, Rollins wanted to move up. In searching for a school that could provide her the degree she wanted, the New England College online experience proved to be the most alluring.
Rollins, with her associate’s in business administration in hand, plans to continue her education at NEC with the goal of receiving her bachelor’s in business administration. She has left Walgreens, taking an administrative job in the Smith County (Texas) tax office and hopes her degree will help her advance her career with the county.
“I felt like it was time for me to go back and earn a degree because I’m getting old,” said a laughing Rollins. “I knew that to achieve any success in the business world, I needed to also further my education. It is ultimately up to you whether you demand more for yourself. I knew I had the ability. Trying to find the time and place to further my education was a big obstacle.”
Through NEC, Rollins found a place that could offer her the instruction she needed without the hassle of taking classes on campus. Working full time and with a family of five children, Rollins already had enough to handle.
She had reservations about online learning at first, but in time, realized it was the most efficient way for her to get her degree and still balance the rest of her life.
“With a full time job and five kids, the convenience of doing my school work at home was an enormous help,” Rollins said. “I didn’t have to give up time with my children. I also had time to work, and not feel exhausted from traveling to school and back. It eliminated a lot of stress. I thought it would be tough being online because I thought I’d be teaching myself, but all the professors and classmates talk to each other and help if you have any questions.”
Rollins spoke with us about her experience at NEC.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I am the second oldest of five children, I learned at an early age the importance of being responsible. I also learned to strive to do my best, I was taught the value of endurance. My mother was always very independent and strong and I would have to say I got that from her. I have five amazing children and a supportive husband. I am currently working for Smith County here in Tyler, Texas, and I am working on my bachelor’s degree with NEC.
Why did you decide to advance your education through a New England College program online and what kind of support did you receive along the way?
I found that an online school was ideal for a working mother. New England College online gave me that opportunity, and my advisors were always there when I needed them. They helped me resolve any problems I had. My professors always pushed me to do my best and always explained things when I was a little lost. It was a great experience for me.
What was your favorite class and why?
I really enjoyed all my classes and professors, but I really enjoyed my computer course and professor Cindi Nadelman. She made sure to give me feedback, whether it was good or bad, to make sure I knew what I needed to correct. Professor Nadelman always provided constructive criticism and made our assignments relatable and relevant to each individual student. It really encouraged me to be authentically myself. The computer class was fun and instrumental to the career path I chose. I really want all my professors to know that without them I wouldn’t be where I am now. With that said I would like to say thank you for your dedication to your students and the work you put into these online courses and thank you NEC for having the online option.
What do you wish you’d known before starting our online program?
I wish I had known how dedicated my professors and advisors would be. There was always someone I could go to for any reason if I needed help. They were there to help me the entire time I attended the school. They were very understanding and aware of my weaknesses and used that to improve on my school work. They were a huge part of my growth and success.
What is your most valuable takeaway from the program?
It is never too late to achieve your goals and dreams. There is always room for improvement and growth. There are people willing to help you through this process. I have learned so much about myself while attending school, things I never would have discovered if I hadn’t taken that leap of faith.
How will your New England College degree make a difference in your career?
My new degree from New England College will make a difference in my career by qualifying me for better positions. It has also given me the knowledge that I can do anything I set my mind to, opening doors to management.
What advice would you give other students who are considering enrolling in the program?
This college will equip you with the knowledge and skills it takes to elevate your standing in the business world. Whatever career path you are pursuing, this gives you a great foundation.
Who or what inspires you to succeed?
My kids and husband are my biggest inspiration to succeed. My husband encouraged me when I didn’t believe I could finish. My children played an important role because I want to show them that no matter how old you are, you can go back to school and still earn your degree and be successful at anything. So I want them to learn that from me. I want to make my family proud and provide them with a better and secure future.