But when GMC launched its online undergraduate degree completion program two years ago, Kate was ready to complete what she started.
There are lots of reasons students don’t finish their degrees on time. For Kate Reddy, a job offer as a New York City consultant and a detour to Honduras got in the way. But when GMC launched its online undergraduate degree completion program two years ago, Kate was ready to complete what she started. This spring she became the first graduate of Green Mountain College’s Online Advanced Start Bachelor’s Program (OASB).
A native of South Berwick, Maine, Kate enrolled at GMC in 2008 and hit the ground running. She was elected class president, worked as an admissions ambassador and lived on the Honors Floor.
Before finishing her degree, she decided to accept a job growing the business of a New York chiropractor—and succeeded spectacularly. After tripling the number of patients in one year, she rewarded herself with a three-week vacation to Honduras, which turned into a three-year adventure. Kate learned to scuba dive and worked as a licensed dive instructor while keeping one foot in the chiropractic consulting business.
When she decided it was time to go back to school, Kate began taking classes at a large private online university. “I was disappointed in the quality of discussions and level of work,” she said. “It really didn’t compare to my time at GMC.”
She found out about Green Mountain College’s new degree completion option and called the school’s admissions office. The College accepted all the credits she had earned, and helped her enroll in the next cohort in less than a week’s time.
“The OASB program was really accommodating. GMC tailored the program to my specific needs,” she said. “The other students were people like me—they weren’t just going through the motions. They wanted to use their schooling as a tool for advancing their careers.”
Before graduating in the spring, Kate was accepted to Georgia State University’s College of Law. She’s living in Atlanta and began her first semester of classes. She’s already been nominated to join the student bar association, has lunched with a Georgia state supreme court justice, and is thinking about an internship next summer—perhaps clerking for a judge or doing pro bono work.
“The program at GMC could not have been better. In life some things always seem like an uphill battle, in this case everything fell into place for me and in a blink of an eye, here I am in law school, hitting my stride.”