Washburn University grad speaks of significance of education and learning at Wednesday breakfast

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A to start with-technology university graduate credits her Washburn University schooling for aiding her grow to be a chief in the Topeka group.

Janice Watkins spoke about the great importance of earning her college degree through the “Wake Up With Washburn” breakfast Wednesday morning in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, around S.W. 17th and Jewell on the Washburn University campus.

About 100 men and women attended the “Wake Up With Washburn” breakfast, one particular of 4 held every 12 months on the university campus.

Watkins, who is the chief government officer of Topeka Habitat for Humanity, spoke about how her Washburn College education assisted her grow to be a group chief.

A 2000 graduate of Hayden Significant School, Watkins said she was headed to a non-public college or university in Chicago when she observed out she was expecting.

She returned to Topeka, the place she gave start to her son, Gabriel, when she was 18.

Watkins explained she was established to graduate from school. She credited her relatives with encouraging her to go to Washburn and receive her diploma.

“I was a solitary mother when I enrolled at Washburn in 2001,” Watkins reported, “and I assume that my results is seriously attributed to a potent basis.

“I experienced an massive loved ones of supporters. The assistance of the Washburn Women’s Alliance Basis, which I’m president of this year, and an amazing total of aid from professors and staff members at Washburn definitely led me to latch on to the empowerment of training and come to be thriving in the group.”

Quite a few of Watkns’ family members followed her example and also have become Washburn University graduates.

Watkins stated she encourages one parents to pursue their training.

“My guidance for others is to obtain a great assistance technique or to be that for somebody else,” she stated. “We can not thrive devoid of a good foundation, so featuring your expertise, capabilities, a listening ear and a caring heart to a different can be the driving force that a person desires to alter their daily life or the life of many others.”

Watkins mentioned she acquired the price of serving the Topeka neighborhood via the case in point established by her grandmother, the late Marg Roberts, who founded the Let’s Aid social assistance agency.

Washburn College officers mentioned people today are regarded to start with-generation college students if neither of their mothers and fathers or guardians done a bachelor’s degree, regardless of siblings or other kin.

For much more info, visit www.washburn.edu/firstgeneration.