MOUNT OLIVE – Cora Gore of Kenansville wanted to build her family a brighter future. “I wished to obtain a degree for a better career opportunity, so I could provide a better life for my children,” said Gore. She decided to enroll in the Evening College at University of Mount Olive after noticing some of the transformational success stories. “Advertisements of the evening program piqued my interest. Recommendations from alumni and faculty confirmed the decision.” She is now a senior Management and Organizational Development major at MOC with her own testimony to share. “University of Mount Olive will undoubtedly allow me the opportunity to transform my life.”
The accelerated one-night-a-week classes of the Evening College allowed Gore to continue working full time while earning her degree. Studying different areas of interest helped her find a new passion for her career. “During this learning experience, I became more familiarized with the human resources and strategic management fields,” said Gore. “I am now considering a second career in strategic management. With my studies, I have gained a strong interest in outside consulting, a branch of both human resources and strategic management. I am thankful for the opportunity to find my new interest in this field and have high hopes of pursuing this further.”
Gore, 29, worked hard at balancing her job, studying for classes and mothering her three little ones: five year old Vance Carter and one year old twins Bryce and Bailey Foster. “I studied during nap time and after the children were in bed for the night,” said Gore. “It was absolutely not an easy task. Fortunately, God always provided a way for me to successfully complete all my assignments, no matter what struggles and challenges I have been faced with along the way.”
Gore will graduate from University of Mount Olive on May 4. She is well prepared for the career opportunities that will arise after she has her degree. “I currently have several résumés out, trying to get a head start on finding a career path. I have faith that God will provide the means to putting my knowledge to use. I also have much anticipation for the opportunities that may arise from my new interest in consulting. All of this will absolutely have a positive impact on my family.”
For Gore, the biggest impact has yet to begin. “Not only will this transform my life, but it will also transform my children’s lives in many ways—this is the greatest benefit of all. My children have been my reason from the start. I am overwhelmed with excitement of a promising future for my family.”
To the family and friends who helped make her success possible, Gore said, “I have a wonderful support system that I owe a big thanks to for contributing to my success. I have a wonderful manager who has willingly worked with me to allow me to reach my full potential in all school related areas. My parents, Lisa and David Tyndall, have supported me and watched my children so that I was able to go to classes. My significant other, Chad Foster, has been very loving and supportive along the way, as have his parents. My grandparents, Billy and Ruth Dail, have also given me their full support and encouragement. Without any of these people in my life, my success would have been much harder and I am very thankful for each of them.”
University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 360 students at its 59th spring commencement on Saturday, May 4th. Graduation exercises are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena.
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 www.moc.edu.