American National University

ANU Encourages Business Management Graduate to Pursue Her Dream

At the young age of 55, Eddis Payne decided to go to college.  “I was afraid, because I had not been to school since 1974,” said Eddis.  “I had always been in banking and realized that I was not getting promoted.  I thought of changing from business to a medical career.”  After meeting with admissions representative Crystal Souder, Eddis decided to stay in the business field, enrolled in the business administration—management program, and started working on her associate’s degree.

The Lynchburg Campus of American National University provided Eddis with the jump start she needed.  With small class sizes and encouragement from her instructors, she discovered that she was not too ‘mature’ to learn.  After attending college before and never completing her degree, she made up her mind to graduate.  She is in her final term and will be completing her program soon.

“It wasn’t easy, but I did it,” said Eddis.  “I have not taken a week of vacation for two years because my priority was to be in class every week.”

She knows that the instructors take their jobs seriously. 

"I understood each one of them…and they only wanted to prepare us to be the best at what we do.  When they see us (the students), they see success.  I feel successful!  I am not afraid to step out of my comfort zone and try new things.  I am not afraid of failure.  Sometime failure gets you to the place where you are supposed to be."

While attending ANU, Eddis was also volunteering at Gleaning for the World, making hygiene bags for girls and women in Uganda and other countries.   She has now transferred to Liberty University to complete her bachelor’s degree in psychology.  “My dream has always been to be a social worker,” said Eddis.  “American National University has helped and encouraged me to pursue my dream.”

Eddie Payne entered college at the age of 55.  She is working towards a career in social work.

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