Shauna Strattonmeier

Apr 29, 2011

Shauna StrattonmeierI am the first person in my family to go to college, which is an achievement I never thought was possible. College was always a dream of mine but I grew up in an isolated, financially unstable household. As a result of that environment, I followed the path modeled to me by my parents, and entered the very real world of struggling to support myself with job after job that lead nowhere. My position in life became a major part of the way I viewed myself, and while I would dream of education, I could see no other path than the one laid before me.

It wasn’t until I befriend an educated woman who accepted me — without judgment — that I began to see things in a different way. She challenged the perceptions I had of myself by exposing me to a world of independent possibilities. I recognized it was in my control to expand the way I viewed the world. I started to think about college.

Life at times gets in the way of living and even the best plans evaporate. It was easy to get lost again in the mundane routines of life. It took an additional ten years before I arrived at Eastern, but it feels wonderful to be in the right place at the right time in my life.

I’m 36 years old. My goal is to pursue an English or Historian of Religion bachelor’s, and then a master’s. My dream? I aspire to be a historical fiction writer. I want to be a good role model for my daughter, and my experience at EMCC is taking me toward those goals. I work on the Eagle Eye student newsletter and I’m active in student government and in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I recently completed the first EMCC/BDN internship with the Bangor Daily News and I’m going to Vassar College for five weeks this summer to participate in the Exploring Transfer program. That’s a program that encourages students like me – who didn’t think a selective college was a possibility – to think big.

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