Linda Goodwin is a mother, a wife and a Chancellor employee. She is also Valedictorian for Chancellor University’s 165th graduating class.
As the Manager of Human Resources, Linda has been with Chancellor for more than four years. Being around so many students who were pursuing an education made her want to go back herself.
“I started out working toward my associate degree,” she said. “Once I completed that, it was just a natural transition to the next level.”
The next level, of course, was a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Applied Management.
“I wanted to go outside of the HR box,” said Linda. “I like the business side of HR and I’ve always worked in a business environment.”
Even though the majority of Linda’s experience has been in a business setting, like a lot of students at Chancellor, she didn’t take a traditional route to get there.
In her graduation speech she said, “… instead of going to college after graduating from high school, like my brother and sister, I took a long break and now I stand before you as a college graduate. Like many of my classmates, life happened and we postponed our education and our dreams.”
While working, balancing motherhood, marriage and school presented its fair share of challenges to achieving those dreams, Linda refused to accept anything less than her personal best. She fine-tuned her time management skills to fit in everything.
“I wanted to do the best that I could if I went back,” she said. “Doing it with Chancellor, where I work, was a good opportunity for me to take advantage of the education we offer.”
She added, “I really enjoyed the online classes. I don’t think I would have wanted ground classes. Online classes were just so convenient for me.”
And though the convenience certainly helped her to be the best she could, Linda had other influences to push her through the hard times.
“My mom really inspired me. She always said you can do anything you want,” she said. “And I have given that same advice to my sons. There’s so much to learn. Just because you’re working doesn’t mean you can’t do it. You just have to learn to balance everything.”
She added, “Juggling life, work, families and homework is hard. There’s so much going on that if you really want to go back to school, you just have to find a way to fit it in.”
When asked about being valedictorian, Linda said, “It’s pretty cool! I’m proud and it’s nice that the work I invested has paid off.”