MARCH 28, 2008

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Rose State College student Tina Price.

Rose State College student Tina Price is back in the classroom after putting her dreams on hold for 20 years.

“I’ve always dreamed of being a lawyer because I love the law,” Price said.

Price entered college and started working on her dream straight out of high school, but after a year she had to drop out to take care of her sick mother. After her mother passed away she had her own family to take care of.

“I was a single mother of five young children and had to work. I didn’t have time to raise my children and go to school. Completing my education was always in the back of my mind,” Price said.

Price worked at various jobs. She worked in retail, as a waitress and on an assembly line. She says making ends meet was hard, but in 2006 she decided it was time to return to her dream.

“I sat my kids down, who now range in age 10 to 19, and I told them I was tired of not progressing. We decided as a family that Mom would go back to school,” she said.

Price enrolled at Rose State College in the fall of 2006 and has excelled not only in the classroom, but throughout campus. She serves as Student Senate secretary, Black Students Association president and is a member of Teach Club and Friends of the RSC Library.

“I want my children and grandchildren to learn that education is one of the most valuable assets you have and with it you can give back to the community and serve others. That is what I try to do,” Price said.

Price is set to graduate May 2009 with an associate’s degree in political science, but perhaps an even prouder moment will come a year latter when her oldest daughter will graduate from Rose State. Price’s advice for her children and for others is: don’t delay your education.

“Don’t put it off. At Rose State you receive a lot of support and it’s not nearly as hard as you may think. I know the sacrifice will benefit my family greatly in the long run,” Price said.

Price is part of the ReConnections Program, which provides not only financial support, but also mentoring and workshops to help students succeed. For more information about this program and to enroll at RSC, contact the office of Prospective Student Services at (405) 733-7372