Graduate Never Stopped Believing that Anything Was Possible

NEW BERN –Jeanette Franks originally started college exactly 30 years ago.  After being distracted by life, she decided to enroll in University of Mount Olive’s Management and Organizational Development program at the New Bern location in June 2009.  She was determined not to quit until she had her degree in her hand.
It was no spur-of-the-moment decision for Franks to return to school.  She pondered the idea for at least six months.  “My biggest obstacle was time.  I felt like I had a responsibility to be there for everyone else, and I had responsibilities of my own.  I did not have time to do this one thing for myself.” She admits that MOC’s one-night-a-week schedule helped ease her concerns of going back to school, and “fit like a glove” with her own schedule.  “I didn’t have to neglect the things that are important to me like my family and my commitment to my church.”
While in school, Jeanette says that her pastor James McIver, Jr., who was instrumental in her decision to return to school, kept her encouraged through his messages stemming from Mark 9:23 which stating that “anything is possible if you just believe.”
Jeanette, who currently lives in New Bern, has dreams of forming a non-profit organization which will focus on healing the physical, mental, and emotional causes of childhood obesity, a subject very dear to her heart.   She hopes to see her vision become a reality in the near future.  “My education has given me the tools I need.”  One of these tools is writing.  “It’s a gift I know I would have never given much attention to unless I had to.  In school, I had to write, and found that I actually enjoyed it.”
She plans to pursue her master’s degree in counseling, and offers advice to other adults who are considering returning to school.  “Just do it!  Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too old.  Don’t wait another minute!  Go for it!  If your dream is to complete your degree, it is within your reach and it’s a dream that can be fulfilled.  I am living proof that even after 30 years anything is possible— if you believe.”
University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 250 students at its 58th commencement on Saturday, August 27, 2011.  Graduation exercises are scheduled for 2:00 PM. in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena.  The commencement speaker will be the Honorable Louis Pate, North Carolina Senator.
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit