Melinda Boehler earned her bachelor's degree in geology in 1998, but was unable to find work in her chosen field. After a few months of looking for a job, she accepted a position in manufacturing that offered health insurance, while she continued to pursue her career.
Seven years later, she found herself still working for the same company when they appeared to be going out of business. Concerned that she wouldn't be able to support her two children, she knew it was time to go back to school.
She wanted a job with a future and chose Owens because of the variety of programs available. Amazed at the career possibilities, service opportunities and versatility in the sonography field, she entered the program.
Attending college a second time proved to be a juggling act for Boehler. Especially challenging was working a second shift job, attending classes, finding time for homework and taking care of her two boys. There were times when she felt she hardly got to see her children.
She made it work by finishing homework after the kids went to bed, during her breaks at work and often sleeping in her car before her shift started. While she didn't have much time during classes, she knew it would be even harder to keep up her schedule once the clinicals required for sonography majors started.
She saved up her tax returns, cut back on spending and put away every penny she could so that she could quit her job during her last year at Owens.
"I persevered, I kept at it, and I kept telling myself that it would be worth it in the end," said Boehler.
She rose to the challenge and succeeded. She maintained a 4.0 GPA and continued to find time to volunteer for a variety of campus organizations. She was selected to be the student speaker at the commencement ceremony in May.
"I graduated because I chose to hope for a better future for my family," said Boehler.
She is now working as a non-registered Sonographer at Bay Park Community Hospital in Oregon and at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, enjoying time with her family and happy with her career.