Usually, on our blog we put the spotlight on alumni, people who've graduated from our program and have gone on to do seemingly every day things, both important and impactful with their lives. Today, we want to highlight an interview that one of our incoming students did with their local city press newspaper in Tennessee.
Jay Armel represents everything we love about a SLPA student and graduate. He's inspiring, determined, and truly believes that it is never too late to do more and achieve more in life. He will be starting in our Master of Science in Leadership program in the spring.
Jay just graduated cum laude with his first degree. As he said “I’ve put two daughters through college, a wife through college and about 18 months ago, I decided it was time for me to go back and finish”. He finished despite being diagnosed with late stage two, early stage three type B lymphoma three weeks into the program. “Besides going to class, I was going through (chemotherapy) and radiation”, he said.
Working as a real estate agent, Jay said changes in the market and wanting to improve his skills to better himself inspired him to get back to his education. “It’s never too late,” he said. “There’s nothing in life that can keep you from achieving your dreams, except yourself and your ... inhibition”.
Welcome to the School of Leadership Jay! You’ll fit right in.