Caroline Hanifen


Special Recognition: February 2015 Student of the Month

Career goal:
We will be moving out of Lee County shortly, and my plan is to find a job in the corporate world somewhere in finance. My dream job would be in Disney corporate division, but if that doesn’t work, then my options are limitless. The world is my oyster.

Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I am a single mother to an amazing 21-year-old young man who will be graduating from the University of Central Florida at the same time as I will be graduating from Hodges. He will be getting his degree in computer engineering and then moving on to Florida State University to attend law school. His goal is to become a patent attorney. I am engaged to the most amazing man that has fulfilled my life after having lost my husband when my son was six years old. My son and I have spent a lot of years enjoying our lives together, just the two of us, doing what a mother and son should do, having fun! I presently work in a high school as a bookkeeper and enjoy my job, but am a bit stagnant because I can’t really go any further without a degree. I made a promise to my son that, when he went to college, I would do the same. He received his associate degree through dual enrollment in high school, which is how we are able to graduate at the same time. I am truly blessed with the way things have progressed in this phase of my life.

What are your hobbies / extracurricular activities?
These days I don’t have a whole lot of time for hobbies or extracurricular activities. I love to read and do crafts such as needlework and beading. I love shopping, of course, as I am a woman. I am an avid couponer. I used to write an online newsletter about couponing and finding coupon codes online. I also had a coupon service many years ago, with a 20,000 subscriber base, but it was a different era of online and before the time of “extreme couponing.” I also make an effort to attend the Business Club meetings.

What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
My favorite class so far at Hodges has been the management wheel. I learned so much crammed into those three semesters; I was amazed. I really did not think I was going to get as much out of it as I did. I was worried that I was going to be skimming over things, and we would not really learn the subjects in each class, but it was not that way at all. The wheel is truly an incredible program. We had two separate professors during my time in the wheel, Professor Ahern and Dr. Batiato, and they were both truly amazing. There was a lot of writing. A lot!! But it was well worth every paper written.

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