Graduation Journey: Jocelyn Swearengen Wilson

Jocelyn Wilson pictureAs early as I can remember, I have always dreamed of going to college and being an attorney. I focused on my studies and graduated high school a year early. However, experiencing freedom from my parents for the first time changed my path. At the age of 17, I became a single mother. I changed my focus to caring for my daughter financially and made her my top priority. However, my dream was still in the back of my mind.  

As a single mother, my goal was to make money. I was working to give my daughter the best life which caused me to only work jobs. In 2006, that all changed. I was hired at a company that believes in their people. After seeing so much talent and potential, my supervisor at the time, along with the Vice President of Finance, began to encourage me to grow personally. With their support, I made the decision to return to school to obtain my bachelor’s degree. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, my desire to be an attorney was even more present.  I began applying to law schools and was accepted to 7. I thought, “I knew this was meant to be.” Then my daughter decided on the college she wanted to attend to pursue her higher education.  With the working stipulation at the law school I chose, financially, I would be unable to attend while supporting my daughter through her educational journey. 

Two years later I was given another opportunity with my employer to work in the Human Resource Department. After 6 months, I had a new passion. I wanted to learn all there was to know about Human Resources.  My love for my new passion grew very rapidly. I then decided to pursue my master’s degree at Webster. I heard so many things about Webster’s undergraduate and graduate programs.  After researching several schools, it was no doubt that Webster was the best choice. 

I began my matriculation in the MA Human Resources Management program in the Summer of 2017. With my hard work and dedication, coupled with the encouragement from the staff and professors at Webster University, I have accomplished another personal goal. On May 11, 2019, I will become a Webster University graduate.  During this time, I started a new journey of becoming a wife while continuing to be a mother to not only my daughter, but 6 bonus children and a sister. I earned a promotion which requires frequent travel and performed exceptionally even with the lack of sleep from late night studying. I experienced 3 major deaths in my life. Through all of this, I endured. I believed that I could, so I did! I am confirmation that you should never give up on your dreams.  

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