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Tara Stephens - Army Wife

Tara Stephens graduated June 8 with an associate degree in Business Office Administration. Here, she tells her Columbus State story in her own words.

After just a few years of being married to a soldier, I realized it was going to be much more difficult to find employment each time we moved if I didn't obtain a degree.

While I was content staying at home with my two children for the first year after we relocated to Columbus, I knew there'd be a point that I'd want to get back into the work force. I've always felt comfortable in an office environment and was happy to learn of the Business Office Applications program at Columbus State.

Columbus State has been a wonderful option for furthering my education. Distance learning programs made it possible when there were times I just couldn't attend on-campus courses. Instructors Amy DiBlasi and Beth McGrath have been especially helpful!

Military life sometimes presents a few obstacles that others may not have to face, but I was determined to put everything I had into the journey. Finishing my final course from our new duty station in North Carolina, it feels good to say I've accomplished my goal and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. It definitely feels liberating to finish this chapter and confidently move on to the next with a new wealth of knowledge!

My next goal: I plan to secure a federal position as an administrative assistant.

The Business Office Applications department offers an associate degree in Business Office Applications, with specialized tracks to work in medical or legal offices. The department also provides certificates in office skills and bookkeeping.

Columbus State is also proud of its service to military students and their families. Check out Military Students for more information.