Jennifer Lyons graduated from high school and went straight to work. Any thoughts of college gradually faded as she gained solid administrative and managerial skills, as well as a healthy paycheck.
That lasted all the way to 2013, when she was laid off from her job as office manager for a group of companies that provide support services to law firms. At the age of 32, she decided it was time to go back to school.
Lyons says that Mercer was her first choice due to its affordability and convenience to her Hopewell Township home. It was also an appealing way to ease into the college environment, having been out of school so long and having never attended at the college level.
By the spring of 2014, Lyons was enrolled at Mercer and doing well when American Honors encouraged her to enroll for the fall semester. At first she was surprised that she would be considered and then she thought, “Why do I want to do more work?” But ultimately she decided to take the plunge. “I learned more about the program and the benefits related to transfer,” she explains.