I enrolled in UMHB in January 1980 when I was 34 years old. I only needed two years to finish my college degree. I worked full time to support myself and took a full course load each semester. I didn’t have any time to participate. I worked, I studied and I attended classes – spring, summer, winter and fall. I graduated in December 1981 with a BBA in Business Administration and, quite honestly, I was pretty proud of myself. I had done it and without any debt. I had a job within the first month of graduation and I never looked back. All I needed was that diploma and I had it! For the next 30 plus years, I was pretty much ok without any contact with UMHB. After all, I didn’t need them anymore. I had EARNED my degree and I had PAID for it myself. Nuf said!
Pretty selfish of me wasn’t it? Now 34 years later I look back and I realize how wrong I was. I didn’t do it alone. I had wonderful supportive parents, extended family, a husband and a step-daughter, UMHB Class of 1999, from whom I wanted to set a good example. I also had terrific professors who never gave up on me. Even when I didn’t believe in myself, they were there to encourage me. I think of Dr. LaRoe, Dr. Bridges, Mr. Horton, Dean Huston and countless others who were always there with an encouraging word. My wonderful study mates Marianne and Susan. We all became a family!
“It is the greatest reward and joy imaginable. I am so grateful to my UMHB family and I want to make sure that the legacy continues for generations to come.”
Little did I realize at the time that I had been greatly influenced by all these people and so many more. They all gave freely and their giving was contagious. They were all giving back to make a better place and life for those who followed. They gave because they wanted to bring about desired results.
Giving is about participation. It is about feeling the warm glow of being involved in another person’s life. It’s about making an impact. Giving to others in need brings happiness and in return this giving makes us a healthier people both mentally and physically. Giving meets critical needs. It helps those with less to gain more. But more importantly, one’s gift is “seed money” to help students live out their calling.
If one has the opportunity toward another person’s future why wouldn’t they? Someone did it for you. It is the greatest reward and joy imaginable. I am so grateful to my UMHB family and I want to make sure that the legacy continues for generations to come. I want to participate. I love feeling the warm glow that comes with being the person who is helping someone attain their dream of an education. This is why I give to UMHB!Any gift given is certain to make a difference in the lives of our students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. For more information, we invite you to visit giving.umhb.edu.