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Finish your degree. Change their world.
Finish your degree. Change their world.

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“I made the decision to return to college at the age of 53 after raising four amazing children. I had gone to college right out of high school when I was 17 years old and went for a couple of years, but got derailed with life. I just got out into corporate America and started working but always felt like I was being held back because I didn't have my degree. The time just never seemed right. Working at UPS, it was made known to me that their partnership was with Thomas Edison State University and that I could go back and finish, and they would help me with my education through corporate assistance. I thought you know what, this is the time. This is it. When I finished my degree, I had a new job waiting for me. I was already promoted and went from an inside sales manager to an account executive. I got a promotion because I got a degree. I am now a first generation college graduate in my family and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if my parents were alive, they would be immensely proud of this accomplishment. They did everything they possibly could to help me through the first three years of my education and would be so pleased to see me finally cross the finish line!” - Lisa Alexander, BA ‘18
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Far left, Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, president of Thomas Edison State University, listens as the University hosts a group of Trenton’s leading community representatives today to strengthen old partnerships with community organizations and to forge new ones with the goal of providing service-learning opportunities for Thomas Edison students. #PhotoOfTheWeek
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"Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up, with goals so strong that obstacles, failure and loss only act as motivation." #MondayMotivation #quote
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We don’t know them all, but we owe them all. Today, and every day, we honor all who have served. Thank you for your bravery, courage and dedication to our country, for we are forever grateful. Happy Veteran’s Day.
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New job? Reached a major milestone? Achieved something great (again!)? We want to know what is going on with your life since you graduated from Thomas Edison State University. If it is news to you, then it is news to us. Submit your news via email at alumni@tesu.edu or fill out the form here https://tesu.social/2QsMsMx.
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“I was up all night playing word games and puzzles on my laptop, and I decided to do something constructive. After all, a mind is a terrible thing to waste, and I was wasting mine. It's been 40 years plus since I went to college straight out of high school. I am 67 years old, soon to be 68, and to be able to say I did this at this day in my life is just gratification for my own self, you know? Most of my friends are retired, and there's no excuse because I saw myself with idle time, even working full-time, in the evening. So I think it's never too late for anybody no matter what age, what time. I have the privilege of working with junior students who are on what they call the “Dream Academy.” They go to Brookdale Community College and high school at the same time, and next year they will get a high school diploma and an associate degree. I think my liberal studies degree will impact them and help me mentor them. So the gratification that I stand here today with is the answer to it all. I think it's changed my life.” - Toni M. Terry, BA '18
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Have you voted today? #ElectionDay #BeAVoter
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"You’re always one decision away from a totally different life." #MondayMotivation #quote
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"I was homeless for a few years - lost my wife, my kids, my family. I spent my time in and out of a wheelchair and hit rock bottom. No one understood what was wrong with me. After coming off suicide watch in Georgia, I moved back to New Jersey where I was born and had family support. Shortly thereafter, I got the counseling I needed to understand what I was going through and started to have hope again. Someone convinced me a few years ago you're not too old to get a degree, why don't you try? Halfway through my degree, I got really sick and had to withdraw from classes for a semester after being diagnosed with full-blown diabetes. The ADA coordinator came in and said "there is an ADA program here, why don't you let us introduce you to that and give you just a little extra time and take your tests at the college on paper?" And that really changed my life. I got through the program - actually, I wound up with a 3.7 grade point average which shocked me! I finally made it through my degree. Within two months, I had over 20 job offers, got hired by the VA in Philly and, within four weeks, got promoted to the VA in Newark. So it is amazing what has happened with college. I am helping others, and I love what I do so I encourage everyone today to have hope and get your degree. I am sure it will change your life just as it has changed mine!" - Robert Pelsang II, BSBA '17
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