Wilmington’s Rooney Looks Forward to a Promising Future

Wilmington’s Rooney Looks Forward to a Promising Future

WILMINGTON- Brian Rooney of Wilmington believes that the key to success is to believe in yourself and know what you are capable of achieving. This very statement motivated him to pursue an education at the University of Mount Olive and achieve a degree in business management. Rooney earned his bachelor’s degree on May 2nd and is moving forward into a promising future.

Rooney enrolled at UMO at Wilmington in August of 2013 after attending Coastal Carolina University from 2007 through 2009, Pitt Community College in 2010, and Cape Fear Community College in 2012. He turned to the University of Mount Olive at Wilmington to finish what he had started.

“There were many times where I wanted to quit and not pursue my degree,” shared Rooney. “Luckily, the University of Mount Olive has helped me turn my goal into a reality. Receiving my degree is the first step in achieving my goals. This process at UMO has taught me to never give up.”

Achieving an education while working full time and starting a new family is not an easy task for any student, but Rooney embraced the challenge. Rooney works as a sales executive at CastleBranch and recently married Moria Rooney on September 13, 2014.

“It took intense focus to juggle my schedule. While attending UMO, I have taken two or three classes every five weeks,” explained Rooney. “I had a goal in mind of when I wanted to complete my classes and knew what needed to be done to make that happen. Needless to say, my calendar became my best friend.”

Rooney also attributes his success and motivation at UMO to his father-in-law, Kirk Muffley.

“My father-in-law has had a tremendous impact on the decisions I have made and the man I am today. He has opened my eyes to a world that is constantly evolving and influences me to work hard in the classroom. He is my million dollar mentor and best friend,” smiled Rooney.

The soon-to-be graduate also has big plans for his future after UMO. He wants to open up his own business, write a book, travel the world, and start a family. Rooney is confident that UMO has given him the education and tools to pursue such ambitions.

“UMO has taught me the power of mental focus and how to manage so much at once,” said Rooney. “You will have plenty of people who say it’s not possible along the way but you have to tune them out and learn how to become motivated. I am determined and motivated to accomplish everything that I set out for myself.”

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 old.umo.edu.