By Staff Writer Published on July 27, 2011
Adversity is defined as “a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress.”
We have all faced adversity; it’s what we do to overcome adversity that determines our success. That success is not always measured in a tangible gain, such as money, position or power. Overcoming adversity could be as simple as getting out of bed after a difficult illness, or seeing a child succeed in the face of the most austere environments.
You have made a choice to overcome adversity by improving yourselves through education. Pursuing education in itself could create adversity as there are many roadblocks and challenges facing students. All of which could have a negative impact on achieving your goal of a college degree.
Almost all of the greatest success stories about overcoming adversity center on identifying and using available resources to help. You don’t have to walk this journey alone. There are more resources available than you may actually need. The greatest obstacles to overcoming adversity are our own pride and stubbornness to seek and ask for help.
We at Stevens-Henager College have taken extraordinary steps to ensure that you have the resources and tools available to help you overcome adversity in the classroom and as a student, but we don’t have all the helps at our disposal. We rely heavily on you to have an open communication network with us. By communicating with us on adversities you are facing can better help us guide you to the best resource.
Tammy Barclay, an eHow Contributor, says, “Life is full of obstacles that people have to overcome in order to succeed, though some people face more adversity than others. When adversity arises, it can cause hardships for college students. Some forms of adversity are financial struggles, personal tragedies or just unfortunate circumstances that interfere with educational goals.”
Did you know that there are actually scholarships available for students overcoming adversity to help them to earn college degrees?
The article goes on to identify a few of the “Overcoming Adversity” scholarships available, web-site links, and the application processes.
Thomas Santa Maria is the Associate Dean of Computer Science for the Online Division of Stevens-Henager College. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Healthcare Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems Management, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Technology Management. His area of specialization is data mining, data analysis and executive decision support systems. He has over 15 years of networking and programming experience. In addition to his experience in the technology and healthcare, he also holds certifications as a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) and several application certificates as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). You can follow his computer science tweets @thomsantamaria