Name: Katherine L. E. Hoyt
I value my time at Rutgers because I have finally been able to appreciate the pursuit of academic excellence that I was not able to enjoy while I was in college when I was younger.
After the Great Recession put an end to my ten-year career in corporate relocation, I found myself working as an administrative assistant for a medical devices company. The job provided little satisfaction, and, seeing this, my manager suggested that I go back to college.This person started me on the way back to my bachelor’s degree, and I will always appreciate that advice. This supervisor also suggested that I obtain my associate’s degree before moving ahead with my bachelor’s, and this again was sage advice.
I got a job at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton right before I started at Rutgers in 2013, and it is ETS that has made the completion of my bachelor's degree financially possible. I have found it extremely challenging to work full-time while attending college, especially last semester when I started a new position at ETS. Despite all the challenges, however, the past eight years in school have been so rewarding and I wouldn’t change a thing.
It is my hope that completing my undergraduate degree will guide me toward professional opportunities that have real meaning and provide me with personal fulfillment during the remainder of my working years. But even if nothing changes, I have come to value my time at Rutgers simply because I was finally able to appreciate the college experience and the pursuit of academic excellence that I was not able to enjoy when I was younger.
Being a successful student at Rutgers University is what I always wanted my college education to be like: A time when I could immerse myself in learning. I am grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to complete the experience in my own way and in my own time, and I would ultimately like to share my experience with younger undergraduate students who are facing their own struggles. It's my hope that I can provide a more complete perspective and help them to see their time at college as a wonderful experience in and of itself, rather than as an impossibly monumental bridge they must cross to get to the rest of their lives.
I currently live in Freehold, New Jersey with my husband, Michael, three cats, and lots of computer equipment (we are both avid gamers). My husband has two children, a boy and a girl from a previous marriage, who visit us regularly. Michael and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary this September. For eight of those 10 years I have been in school, either away at class or busy doing homework. Without Michael's loving patience and support I would never have been able to make it through to my upcoming graduation. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for allowing me this time, and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with him. School's out forever in May!!