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Meet the "Accounting Moms"

Returning to school after a significant hiatus can feel like stepping into uncharted territory, but for many students at Ensign College, it's a familiar path. Among them are three remarkable individuals – Cari, Cozette, and Audra – affectionately known as the "Accounting Moms." They shared their experiences as mature students, offering insights and inspiration to those considering a similar journey.

Cozette recalls her initial apprehension about fitting in, but her worries dissipated when she encountered Audra in her Accounting 101 class. "I was so relieved to see someone else my age," she reflects. It's a sentiment echoed by many returning students who find comfort in the diversity and inclusivity of the Ensign College community.

Ensign College isn't just about academics; it's a gateway to a world of possibilities. Cozette shares her astonishment at the abundance of job opportunities available from day one. "The job that I have right now is because I attended this college," she affirms, highlighting the impact of her educational journey.

Audra, who spent 24 years at home raising five children, found solace in the diverse student body at Ensign College. "You have these small classes with diversity, with kids my kids' age and women like you," she reflects. It's a melting pot of experiences and backgrounds, creating a rich tapestry of learning and growth.

For Cari, the transition back to school wasn't without its doubts. "I thought I wouldn't have anything in common with these people," she admits. Yet, she found unexpected connections and camaraderie among her peers, transcending age barriers and forging meaningful relationships.

The classroom experience at Ensign College extends beyond textbooks and lectures. Cozette treasures the insights shared by instructors who bring real-world experience to the forefront, enriching the learning journey with practical wisdom. “One of my favorites is hearing personal experiences from our instructors in the real world doing what they're teaching us how to do and it just really puts things into perspective.”

Audra's journey back to school was marked by daunting challenges – from managing a busy family life to juggling multiple responsibilities. Yet, she persevered, proving to herself that she could achieve more than she ever imagined. "I just had to start," she asserts, embodying the spirit of resilience and determination.

The stories of Cari, Cozette, and Audra testify to the transformative power of education and the resilience of the Ensign College students

Cozette offers a rich affirmation to those contemplating a return to education: "If you're asking yourself if you should go back to school... the answer is undoubtedly yes. It's been challenging, but it has been the most rewarding thing that I have done in my life." With determination, she encourages others to embrace the journey, knowing that the rewards far outweigh the challenges.

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