Non-Traditional Student Spotlight
NTS Spotlight: Angela Holmes
Angela Holmes is dedicated to achieving her academic, professional, and personal goals. Angela comes to Shippensburg University as a Non-Traditional student. She previously attended Penn State Mont Alto and Johnson College and spent four years working full-time in the banking industry in Scranton, Pa. “Being a full-time student is definitely different from my normal 9-5 work schedule, but I am getting used to it, and am enjoying my time here at Ship,” said Angela.
Angela is a sophomore, majoring in Accounting, and feels that this time around she is much more committed and finds the academic experience more fulfilling. Though always a good student, she has found that her previous academic experience, combined with working in the banking industry, has given her life experience that is invaluable and helpful in her academic journey.
Meeting other students and becoming more involved on campus is important to Angela. She is a member of the SU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team and plans on joining the SU Accounting Club in the fall. “I think the more involved you are as a student, the easier the transition is,” Angela said.
The Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO) has been helpful in assisting with Angela’s transition and welcoming her as a returning adult student. With events and programs such as open houses, workshops, and off campus activities, NTSO strives to connect Non-Traditional students and facilitate the transition process. “It is comforting to know that NTSO is there. The lounge is a great place to get away and provides a quiet area to study. The NTSO activities are also very helpful options for Non-Traditional students to connect with one another,” Angela said.
When Angela has some down time, she enjoys competing in local competitions with her local ultimate frisbee team. Angela also enjoys tennis, hiking, running and rock-climbing and has fun with her pet Conure, named Prim. Angela hopes to return to work full-time after she graduates and will continue to work towards her MBA. She would like to eventually become a CPA.