Michelle chose Guilford College to pursue her passion for forensics.
Long before there were television shows about crime scene investigations, Michelle worked as a hair stylist. One of her customers was a crime scene investigator, and this fascinated her. Years later, after sustaining a hand injury that kept her out of work, she reexamined her career goals.
“I knew the only way to make it happen was to be brave and take that leap,” Michelle says. “As an adult, you still have to pay the bills, but that’s going to be there no matter what. If you can go back to school, then do it. You’re the only one who can change your career path.”
As Michelle’s May graduation approaches, she often thinks about her first days at Guilford.
“I was worried I was going to be the oldest person in class,” Michelle says. “I feel like I fit right in. There are so many other students my age and others that are older than me. I don’t feel out of place here.
“You have to say, ‘I’m doing this for me.’”