Sharon Autry

Interdisciplinary Studies 2017

Semester of anticipated graduation:
Summer 2017

Career goal:
I hope to use my education to improve the lives of others.

Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I am a wife, as well as a mother to two young children. I have professional experience in the nonprofit world, and my greatest joys are found in working with the underprivileged, exploited and forgotten.

What are your hobbies/extracurricular activities?
I enjoy the outdoors and any activities that encourage community life and helping others to be good neighbors. When I have free time, I blog in hopes to use the digital community in enriching ways.

What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
I have enjoyed every class, and it is incredibly hard to pick one. I think Contemporary Global Issues has been one class that has moved me much further out of my ‘box.’ I have been content to be a good local citizen; however, that particular class challenged me to move my ideals outside the borders of the United States.

Who are some of your favorite professors and why?
Each professor has invested in me in so many different ways. Dr. William Griz greatly encouraged me in my first days at Hodges and spurred me in my writing. Dr. Karen Locklear gave me a great example to follow in her own experiences in higher learning. Professor Gail Sabo inspired me to think deeply about my methods of personal (internal) and interpersonal communication. Professor Peter Van Leeuwen shared his wealth of professional experience and modeled ways for applying my learning outside the classroom.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
In my return to college study, I have found that little challenges are harder to navigate than big ones. For instance, when knowing a paper is due and a little one is unexpectedly sick, that is when it seems insurmountable. I have overcome those troubled moments by maintaining a positive inner dialogue - a helpful tool I gained from Professor Sabo. Despair and discouragement are never keys to success. I am living proof that with a positive outlook and the helping hand of those around you, things always work out!

What does receiving a degree at Hodges mean to you?
It is an opportunity to expand my influence in the lives of others.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students who are considering Hodges University?
Always share perceived challenges and ask for help. There were moments when I saw my future educational plans as an impossibility. With help from Hodges staff, especially Deanna Burton in the admissions office, and the support of my program professors, solutions to my challenges were always found.

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