16 July 2019 • Content team
Just a moment with Connie Dock
“College wasn’t really discussed in my family when I was growing up. My parents never graduated from high school and my mom never even made it pass 9th grade. So I was never really interested in college and started to work straight away after I graduated from high school. 90 % of my jobs have been in factories: assembling, packaging, shipping and handling that sort of work.
Later on, I had some health issues and lost my job which I had had for 8 years, so I needed a new way to provide for my family and started a small business. But it didn’t generate enough money and I came to the conclusion that I didn’t really know how to run a business properly. So I thought I should maybe get a business degree. And that’s when I started my first real education at the age of 44. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself.
Next to my studies I am working for the college as a student worker. I especially like working with 1st generation college students like myself. I think I am setting a very good example for my daughters who are still in school as well. It is important for me to share my experiences with them and even help them out with their math, something I was never able to do before.”
Connie Dock, Business Major Grand Rapids Community College / THUAS Summerschool student
JUST A MOMENT
Over the course of a day, you see dozens of faces passing by: in the Atrium, on the stairs, on your way to class. Behind each face is a unique story. This series of interviews, inspired by ‘Humans of New York’, gives readers a little peek into the lives of students and staff at THUAS.