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Family, school, work: It's possbile
Joyclynn Potter just might be an expert on time management.
She enrolled in Eastern Oregon University's distance education program when she moved to Baker City in January 2001.
Her average course load year-round was 18 credit hours, sometimes even 21.
She upped her challenge by taking honors classes.
She also taught full-time at Agape Christian School.
"At work I did my study time during student recess and lunch breaks. Then whatever time I had after school till I went to bed," she said.
Then, during spring break of 2002, her daughter Savannah was born.
"I had two days to learn how to be a mom, and then I went back to school," laughs Potter, 26.
Even juggling all these commitments, Potter graduated with a liberal studies four-year degree in 2 years.
"I took an extremely heavy course load because I wanted to get finished and not be in school forever," she said. "It took a lot of self-discipline and a lot of self motivation."
Potter has been aptly rewarded for her efforts.
In June, she was named EOU's distance education student of the year and the American Association of University Women Senior Woman of the Year.
Then she was selected for the University Continuing Education Association Region West Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award, an honor given to one student chosen from campuses in 11 Western states.
"I really didn't think I'd win that one," Potter said.
But she hopes it will help her achieve a new goal: receiving a Marshall Scholarship so she can pursue a master's degree in religion, politics and international relations.
"It's a two-year scholarship that will pay all living expenses, tuition, books and travel for my family to go with me," she said.
She's applied to the University of Wales in Great Britain.