Adult Student’s Bucket List Includes Business Degree
Deborah Bennett, 55
Bachelor of Science in Business
Vice President and Branch Manager
Sandy Spring Bank
Frederick, Maryland - Married for 32 years with two children and a 25-year career in banking, Deborah Bennett, 55, has many accomplishments to be proud of. In May 2013, Bennett added completing her Bachelor of Science in Business to her long list of successes. Completing her degree was an integral part in her promotion to vice president at Sandy Spring Bank.
“Though I had always wanted to get my bachelor’s degree, it wasn’t until I read an inspirational book in the summer of 2010 that I realized you are never too old to get your degree,” Bennett, explains. “After all, no one can take your education from you. So, I made a bucket list of things I wanted to accomplish.”
Bennett began working on her degree in the fall of 2010. She chose the Mount’s program at the Frederick Campus because the accelerated format adapts well to the life of a working adult. The most useful class was the capstone course because it enabled her to use what she learned in past classes, and define the true benefits of a business education.
Bennett enjoyed completing classes in five to eight quick weeks, however meeting deadlines and balancing life and work was the biggest challenge for her. The overall experience became a real-life exercise in time management.
“The Mount’s class schedule allowed me to work full-time as a branch manager, volunteer on evenings and weekends, and still have time to focus on my family,” she says.
Although she faced struggles as an adult student, Bennett knew she could turn to the Mount community for support. She is grateful for the friends and colleagues she made while at the Mount’s Frederick Campus, as well as the professors and staff who were genuinely interested in seeing her succeed.
“Every night Rick and Judy greeted me at the front desk with a smile,” she recalls gratefully. “My advisor Janene Horne was always available to me – even when I called her a million times to make sure I would graduate on time.”
As for Bennett’s bucket list, she’s proud to report that she has checked off four of her five goals, including completing her bachelor’s degree in business from the Mount, earning her desired base salary, and becoming vice president at Sandy Spring Bank. For Bennett, the most rewarding thing about the Mount is how it grooms professionals into individuals who work to better their community.
“Sandy Spring Bank and the Mount both have a history of being invested in the communities in which we live and serve.”
If you’re interested in learning more about earning your bachelor’s degree in business, criminal justice, elementary education, or human services, join the Mount’s Frederick team at an Instant Admission event on Tuesday, August 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.