Dani Young Graduating with a bachelor’s degree and no regrets

December 16 will mark the end of attending UMKC for many students graduating this semester. Dani Young is one of those students as she graduates this month with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts.

“It’s something I have been working towards for a long time and I am ready to move onto the next stage of my life,” Young said.

Young chose to graduate at fall semester instead of the traditional spring graduation and said she doesn’t regret it.

“I didn’t have enough required credit hours remaining to justify an entire other semester and I chose to focus on my career sooner rather than later,” she said. “I won’t miss the larger ceremony. I think the smaller ceremony will be just as meaningful.”

Like many students who are graduating, Young said her mind is turning toward paying back her student loans, but she said her UMKC degree was worth it.

“I was taught by some amazing instructors that made very lasting impressions and taught me wonderful lessons,” she said. “I’ve also grown as a person through lessons I’ve been granted throughout the past few years. Now that I’m having to start planning about paying all the loans back it’s nowhere near as exciting.”

Young hopes her UMKC degree will make it easier to find a good job and succeed in her career.

“My degree will hopefully put me ahead of the game when applying for higher level positions and give me an edge in the competition,” she said. “This degree will open up more opportunities within [a] company that I otherwise would have had difficulty reaching.”

Young plans on working for a while and relaxing after working hard to get her degree. While she’s glad to be done, she said she will miss UMKC.

“I’ll miss the people and memories I associate with the school,” Young said. “It’s had its ups and downs, but the friendships and memories make it all worth it in the end.”

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