With her eyes focused squarely on her dreams, Lynda Glover (HHS‘14) is excited to be working toward a goal she began so many years ago.
Glover started her educational career at Purdue in 1985. As a traditional student, she was able to complete two years of her education before life circumstances intervened and she had to put aside her education to work full-time.
She returned to Indiana ten years later after a divorce, and as a single parent, went to work as a teacher’s aide. Realizing more was needed to support her and her son, Glover hurdled the great divide and today, is back in school at Purdue. Recipient of a Helen B. Schleman scholarship for non-traditional undergraduate students, this first-generation student is working hard to reach her dreams and considers attending Purdue an honor.
Finding the balance between home life and her education is difficult. Her fourth-grade son, Colten, is supportive and Glover believes she is setting an example for him on the importance of hard work and a college education. Their time together as mother and child is different from most. Instead of playing outside or watching a movie, they study together. “He is a very good study buddy.” In fact, Colten often attends lectures with her during his school breaks.
Thankful to those who give to scholarships, Glover is grateful for the chance to honor Schleman’s legacy and belief that each person should have a chance to live up to his or her potential.
Knowing someone else saw her potential keeps her charged to do her best. “It has boosted my confidence that I
can – and will – graduate from Purdue!” More than ever, she is committed to helping others improve their life situation. Glover will graduate in December 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and notes: “I want to be there for the elderly, foster children and other single parents trying to get their lives back together.” And she will.
Having found courage to steer her life in a different direction, Glover is a shining example of how to overcome life’s circumstances. Determined to give back to help others succeed, she shares: “I embrace the opportunity to have a positive impact on future students and help keep them motivated to stay the course and complete their degree – no matter what their age or background.”