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Staton, who is originally from Charlotte, N.C., dropped out of high school during the last semester of her junior year. She was initially supposed to graduate from high school in 2008, but family circumstances forced her to make a tough decision.
"It was a matter of survival for me. You either work and live, or you go to school and know you're going to have it pretty rough. I didn't have a whole lot of support from my family other than my grandmother, but she was supporting me and 10 of my other cousins," she said.
Instead of finishing school right away, Staton focused on work and becoming a mother — she had her first son in 2009. Juggling both a full-time job and her family made going back to school even more difficult. But she never let anything get in the way of wanting to complete high school.
"I really felt like I had to finish school, because I knew eventually my options would be limited, and I didn't want to end up years from now not being able to take advantage of the opportunities put in front of me because of the limitations of my education," she said.
Staton took advantage of an adult education program in North Carolina and on her third attempt through the program, she finally graduated in 2011. Working in retail management, Staton was able to have a steady job, which helped her along the way.
All that changed in 2012 when she was robbed at gunpoint. While the experience was traumatic, it was an event that fueled her desire to go to college.
"Sometimes it takes trauma to push us into the path to prosper," Staton said.
Staton, who was about to have her second son, started a catering business and after it became fairly prosperous, she decided it was time to sign up for classes with the intent to study international business in order to create a non-profit business that would teach ethics to nurses before they go out into the field.
Before classes were to begin in August, Staton was the victim of domestic violence and came close to death. Not one to let things stop her, Staton once again overcame the adversity that stood in her way. In a very short timespan, she left North Carolina for Nashville with her children and enrolled at Vol State.
"No matter what is placed in front of you, there's no reason why you can't do anything you want to. There's nothing that should ever stop you," she said.
Arriving at Vol State was a blessing, because Staton felt like she was welcomed into the community and she became heavily involved with some of the school's clubs and organizations. If anyone takes away anything from her story, Staton said she wants make sure people realize that setting a goal and sticking to it is important to success.
"I never thought I would have the opportunity to go to school this late. Now, I feel like I actually have a chance. I can make it here, and I can make it anywhere," she said. "It doesn't matter how long it takes you to get to that goal as long as you're constantly working at it. That's the important part."
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Thursday, October 9, 2014
|Betty Mandeville leads the meditation group.|
Those are simple instructions for reducing the hectic nature of being in college. Thanks to a weekly meditation group led by associate professor of English Dr. Betty Mandeville, students, faculty, and staff at Vol State have a way to make their semester a little easier.
A similar group was led last year by Mandeville and Dr. Michael Lenz. With Lenz's departure from Vol State, Mandeville wanted to sure a similar time of meditation was offered this year. Mandeville wanted to open the practice up to more participants, including faculty and staff.
While attendance has only drawn a few faculty members in its first two weeks, Mandeville is hoping students start attending as well. After all, the stress from studying and being in the classroom go both ways.
"This can be helpful and it puts students and faculty on equal footing. We're all in this together. We're all stressed out. We all want time to be quiet. I like the idea of sharing the space together in an equal way," she said.
Each session starts off with a short reading before heading into about 30 minutes of silent meditation. It's just enough time to help refocus one's energy before heading back out to face the day.
"You have to go right back out and face it, because the chemistry test is still coming. The bills are still due. It can help you get through the bad things so you can enjoy the good things if you learn how to be a little more present to them," Mandeville said.
Even if you're unfamiliar with meditation or a little nervous about what to do, Mandeville said she would invite anyone who is interested to stop by and check it out.
The group meets every Friday at 12:30 p.m. in the Jim Moore Conference Room upstairs in the Thigpen Library.
For more information about the group, email Mandeville at email@example.com or visit office 131 in the Ramer Administration Building.
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