Ohio Community College Grads Find Further Success at WGU

Chelsea Longsdorf
Graduate, Cuyahoga Community College
WGU student, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies

“I wanted to teach, and I was good at it. WGU has made this possible for me.”

Chelsea Longsdorf I am a 28-year-old night-shift bartender three to four nights a week. I am a wife of nine years, with a seven-year-old boy and a five-year-old boy. I am also a volunteer for my children’s primary school, and I work with struggling children who come from inner-city families.

For two years I attended Cleveland’s Cuyahoga Community College. After going to a university for four years and not receiving a degree—because I just couldn’t pick a major that I loved—I decided to go to a community college and finish any degree.

After watching my family attend and praise WGU, I realized that this was the way I was going to graduate in a major that I loved. I didn’t think that I could graduate in the major that I wanted because I simply just couldn’t take the time to fit in the classes and raise a family and work. I tried going to school for other majors that made sense because they were not long programs, or made a lot of money after graduation, but realized that it just wasn’t for me. I wanted to teach, and I was good at it. WGU has made this possible for me.

The beauty of WGU is that it absolutely fits in everyone’s lifestyle. As a wife, mom of two toddlers, and a bartender, going to school was almost impossible. This university has made it possible for me to attain my goals of becoming a teacher—and on my time! Some semesters I am able to accelerate and some I am able to go at a more reasonable pace.

WGU has been such an amazing opportunity for me because I am a night owl. I can go to class at two in the morning when I get home from work, or turn in my reports late on a Sunday evening. I can do these things and not miss any precious time that I have with my two sons. Never once have I missed a football practice or a basketball game, and that is because of the flexibility of WGU.

In my husband’s family, all of his aunts and uncles and siblings graduated from college. In my family, after 10 long years of college, I will be the first to do so.

This degree will impact my life tremendously. All the time that I spend now volunteering at my son’s primary school will pay off. I have already been guaranteed a job from the principal and I can’t wait to start. When I graduate, I will be able to quit my bartending job and be able to put my children to sleep every night.

I love my school and I am so proud of the person I have become thanks to this degree program. Earning my degree has given me hope for the future of my family.

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