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IUN is a good fit for adult learners

Kae Griffith

Kae Griffith

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Updated: June 18, 2013 7:29AM



Indiana University Northwest is an ideal choice for adult learners who wish to return to college while still immersed in the duties of their busy lives.

Those with working and domestic commitments can still find time to pursue their degree thanks to flexible options for courses and degree completion, most notably a growing number of online offerings and both day and evening courses. There are also plentiful scholarship opportunities.

Prospective students are invited to learn more at the campus’s inaugural Adult Learner Preview Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in the Savannah Center. Call (219) 981-4348 or pre-register at www.bit.ly/iunopenhouse.

IU Northwest would like to recognize two adult learners who recently graduated in May. Like many adult learners, they successfully balanced the competing demands of college, work and family responsibilities while completing their degree.

Kae Griffith: Like so many others who graduated this May, 61-year-old Kae Griffith has had her share of life challenges.

The Griffith resident, who just earned her master of social work degree from IUN, will draw from firsthand experience when she works with families dealing with similar circumstances.

For her undergraduate degree that she earned in 1996, Griffith studied psychology and English literature. She worked for a chiropractor for many years, adopted her daughter at the age of 40 and made raising her a priority.

While the journey leading up to her social work career was the culmination of life experiences, the trade-off was that to follow through and complete her degree, she faced the intimidating notion of returning to school later in life.

“I had to put the idea of going back to school on hold,” she said.

But her job was beginning to look like it was in jeopardy and so she began to think harder about the notion of earning her master’s degree for better opportunities.

She recalls telling an admissions counselor, “I want to get an MSW but it’s a three-year program. I would be 60 before I finished.”

But the support she got from others about the idea of returning to school, even at her age, was tremendously positive. She went for it and was accepted into IUN’s MSW program at the age of 59.

Griffith is currently fulfilling the final requirement of the MSW program with an internship at Hospice of the Calumet Area.

Eden Strange: Eden Strange graduated this May with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

The longtime Gary native, who now lives in East Chicago, admits that he lacked direction when he graduated from Wirt High School in Gary.

“I flirted with going to school a couple of other times,” he said, “but I wasn’t really focused.”

Instead, he worked for a number of years in various retail management jobs until things changed.

“I lost my job and was trying to decide what I wanted to do next,” Strange said. “I thought, ‘I might as well go to school and be serious about it.’

“I wanted to be in the business field, somehow, some way,” he said. “I looked at the CEOs of top Fortune 500 companies. I saw that the majority of them had the same education background. They had a BS, MS, MBA and JD. I thought, ‘why not follow that same track.’”

Strange enrolled at IUN in 2009, and this time, “focus” was his middle name.

Strange received several scholarships and was on the dean’s list every semester. He was active with the School of Business and Economics and Student Activities. He served as a senator for the Student Government Association and has done much community service.

Strange plans to attend law school and is looking toward a promising career in corporate law or politics.



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