As a senior in high school, Theresa knew that she wanted to be a lawyer. Coming from a single parent house, she was rewarded with excellent values that include commitment, dedication, focus and, even faith. As Theresa held the acceptance letter from Dickinson College, she was both excited and fearful. Excited that this prestigious college wanted her as a student, but mostly fearful of the cost. Although Theresa’s mom wasn’t a college graduate, she was familiar with the EOC office as it had assisted her with gaining some valuable workforce skills to advance in her office position. So, together, Theresa and Rose visited the EOC office and started on the financial aid process.
The good news was that Theresa qualified for maximum grants, this helped a lot, and the even better news was that Dickinson was offering her a scholarship. This college was indeed in her reach. It wasn’t until her EOC Academic Specialist mentioned to her that there is a little known way to save an entire year of law school tuition; it is a lofty goal, but one that Theresa was up for. So, as a freshman, she embarked on the plan to finish her undergraduate degree early and start Law School as an undergraduate senior. As she met with the college, she found that less than 10 people had actually accomplished this task, and that no one in current history had ever dealt with someone attempting this. Never to be deterred, Theresa kept the eye on her prize and with the help of true focus, her senior year of her undergraduate degree was her first year of law school. This is a huge accomplishment and her financial aid picture was drastically changed by achieving this momentous task.
Today, Theresa is a lawyer that specializes in elder law, she is married to a lawyer and they have a beautiful child.