Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Graduation Date: May 2016
Hometown: Siberia, Russia
Holding down a 40-hour workweek while being a student seems like an impossible task to most individuals, but for Valentina Lytle ’16, it’s just her normal routine.
Throughout her undergraduate studies, Valentina, a GCU senior majoring in accounting, has always held down a full-time job, and sometimes even additional temporary part-time jobs, in order to finance her schooling.
“I’m truly grateful to GCU for providing support every step of the way throughout school, and to all the professors who worked with me and helped me get through.”
As a young professional working by day and attending classes at night, Valentina knows just how hard and discouraging it can be for nontraditional college students wishing to further their education. However, during her time at Georgian Court, she has become a campus leader and a prime example that anyone wishing to pursue an education can do so as long as they are willing to put in the work.
Despite many challenges, Valentina was able to find a balance between her current full-time job as an accounts receivable specialist at Lukoil, completing internships, and getting involved on campus in academic projects by enrolling as a part-time student and taking additional time to complete her degree.
“It took me longer than four years to get my degree,” says Valentina. “It hasn’t been easy, but I got through it.”
Although she was unable to take the traditional route and complete her degree in four years, Valentina found herself continuously motivated by the willingness of the GCU faculty to help her succeed, and is now set to graduate and walk in the Commencement ceremony this May.
Story contributed by Alexandria J. Graziosi ’15, who graduated in December with a B.A. in English