My name is Amy Hinson. I am 35 years old and preparing to finally graduate college. I am currently in the Comprehensive Special Education program here at Converse. I knew early on in life that my goal was to become a Special Education teacher, however, life happened and it wasn’t entirely what I had expected. I think many people can relate to that. I had children early and went straight into the workforce. I did eventually attend college and receive a diploma in Expanded Duty Dental Assisting, but this career path is not what I felt was my calling.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted to attend Converse. I have lived in Spartanburg the majority of my life and have always been in awe of this school. The buildings and the grounds hold so much beauty, and seem to tell a story; a story I knew I wanted to be a part of. I enrolled and have not regretted a single moment. I was nervous at first – I am many years older than the majority of the students – but I have always felt included and accepted by both staff and students here.
I cannot say enough about the staff at this school. From the time that I registered until now, close to graduation, the people here have made my journey a smooth and successful one. The professors have always made me feel like my success was their main priority. It is because of them that I have been able to stay in the program while working a full-time job and raising 3 children.
Not only have I been able to successfully complete full-time course work, I have been able to maintain a 3.8 GPA and will hopefully graduate Magna Cum Laude this December after student teaching. I was also inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda this year, which was very exciting. My time here at Converse has been so wonderful, that even though I am anxious to graduate and begin working, I also feel at a loss that I will no longer have classes to attend. I think this means that I should definitely come back for my Masters degree!