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Persistence Stories

At University of Arkansas Grantham, we understand that throughout our student's journeys, challenges to staying in school present themselves. There is no better way to find inspiration as you work through your own particular challenges than to hear stories from other students experiencing the same thing. How did they do it? Perseverance. Check out the inspiring stories below for student experiences that ultimately resulted in success.
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Denise Rhodes

Time was short, but motivation was big. As a military wife and mom of eight, one Grantham graduate shares why Grantham was ideal for her to reach her goals. "As far as time goes, I didn't really have much of it ... Flexibility is the reason why I was able to do it. I've always told my kids: once you start something, you've got to follow through."

Gary Steensgard

Retired Veteran Gary Steensgard has a full life of responsibilities but made time for education. "I was a leader in the military with two kids (one with a disability), a wife, four dogs and several hobbies. I found time ... wait, I MADE time ... to earn my bachelor's and master's degrees. You must find a way to work toward your goals, and I promise you those goals become reality. Is it easy? No, it isn't. But then again, organizations don't send exceptional leaders to do 'easy'. Life doesn't get easier, but earning my degrees (and subsequent ability to apply that knowledge) has changed my standard of living-period."
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Dana Guillory

Dana Guillory is a 22-year veteran who founded and is now chief executive officer of Potential Realized, a motivational company. As a disabled veteran and two-time cancer survivor, Guillory had the option of taking an earned and well-deserved "rest". Instead, she chose to pursue education as a means to improve the lives and inspire others to achieve their goals. To Guillory's credit, she was awarded Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women (2016), the Certified Veteran Fitness Operative (CVFO) title through the FitOps Foundation (2017), and is included in the Continental Who's Who organization after being awarded the Pinnacle Professional of the Year award (2018).

Jason Hall

Jason Hall, military veteran, looks forward to graduating with his Grantham degree and pursuing a new career in the civilian world. Read Jason's story about how self-discipline, being mindful of time, continuous communication with his instructors, and the flexibility of Grantham's online coursework have been "game changers" in staying on track throughout his degree program.

Joan Ziegler

At age 80, this University of Arkansas Grantham student doubles up on classes to finish her degree - leaning on positivity, her faith, and pushing herself to achieve her lifelong goal.

Chanthini Taylor-Dixon

[Grantham University is] a long-awaited goal from when I left college to enter active duty service in the military. In the reserves, this was my second chance. I pressed on through the challenges, delays, insecurities, setbacks, tests, fears, trials, and triumphs with my steadfast faith and trust in GOD to endure, prevail, and unveil myself as an example for my children, family, friends, comrades, peers, and community [to show them that] determination makes a difference, faith changes failure and fear, and God's grace helps you to excel and surpass abundantly. I loved the flexibility of Grantham's self-paced progressions and scheduling cycles; the advice, encouragement, and support of the academic advisors/angel; and the constructive, enlightening, and perceptive comments by the instructors. I'm grateful to GOD! I'm grateful for Grantham! I'm grateful to be a Grantham Fighting Eagle!
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