Carroll's unwavering support for military veterans is just one of the things non-traditional student Andrea Molina appreciates about the College.
The 40-year-old Health Science program
graduate from Westminster had spent eight years enlisted in the U.S. Army. Later
in her military career, she went to PLDC for NCO (Professional Leadership Development Course
for Non-Commissioned Officers), finishing in March 2003—the same week President
George W. Bush declared war on Iraq. The Army, however, did not have a slot
open for her M.O.S. (Military Occupation Specialty).
After leaving the service in 2004, she devoted
her time to raising her two daughters. In 2012, she
decided to launch her own cleaning business. Then, wanting to pursue a new career,
she enrolled at Carroll in Winter 2016. “I attended Carroll’s graduation
ceremony in Spring 2019 at the same time my oldest daughter graduated Winters
Mill High School,” Andrea boasts. “It was EPIC!”
Transferring to University of Maryland–College
Park next year to train to become a Registered Dietitian, Andrea said Carroll was
instrumental in preparing her for the university level. “I have developed more
confidence to speak in front of large groups and to tackle difficult classes like
multiple Chemistry courses and Business Calculus.”
Andrea continues to take advantage of the
many opportunities Carroll has to offer, in particular those offered by the
Student Veterans Organization (S.V.O.), where she meets up with other student
veterans each week in Carroll’s new Veterans Resource Center to conduct
“We are coming
together to have an outreach for house-deprived vets,” Andrea explains. “The
camaraderie with the other officers in S.V.O. has been so supportive and
addition to becoming a dietitian, she also wishes to use her gifts of writing
music and singing to uplift others. “Time management is essential in order to
work, go to school and be a single mother.
I can do it!” Andrea proclaims. “It also shows
my youngest daughter, now a sophomore [in high school], to never give up, no
matter how hard it gets.”
Indeed, for this proud student veteran, giving
up was never an option.