Castle Hayne Native Turns to UMO to Keep Up with the Changing World of Business and Technology

Castle Hayne Native Turns to UMO to Keep Up with the Changing World
of Business and Technology

WILMINGTON- After working in the printing industry for 25 years, Donna Blackmon of Castle Hayne decided to return to college to keep up with the ever-changing digital world.

“Today’s technology brings changes at a rapid rate and we are in a constant state of learning just to keep up,” Blackmon said. “From cell phones to smart phones, business computers to personal computers, and now tablets and electronic notebooks, they all compete for our time. With all of this new technology comes new ways of communicating. Now with the click of a key, messages can be sent to people that we don’t even know, anywhere, everywhere, all around the world! They have changed the way we do business and the way we live our lives. No one is left untouched.”

It is because of these changes and how they have altered the business world that Blackmon decided to return to the classroom.  In May of 2013, she turned to the University of Mount Olive at Wilmington to pursue her bachelor’s degree in business management.

At first Blackmon was a little nervous about stepping back into the classroom; after all at age 54, she had not been in a classroom for over 26 years.  However, those misgivings were soon put to rest.  “I have liked returning to school as an older student, because I know that I am doing this for myself,” she said.

Throughout the past two and half years, Blackmon has juggled schoolwork, a full-time job, and family time with her daughter.  At times it has been hectic, but in the words of Blackmon, “Without sacrifice what have you gained?”

Blackmon is on course to graduate this year.  She believes that education equals qualifications, and qualifications equal opportunities.To other adult learners who are considering returning to school, Blackmon stated, “The more you know, the more you grow! I can see the changes in myself and my life since I started my journey with UMO. Invest in your future, don’t waste your time, you can’t get it back.”

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit