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NMJC Honor Grad Makes the Most with Her Second Chance

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5/18/2018 10:19:48 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

[Story by Dorothy Fowler - Hobbs News Sun]

When Eden Duncan graduated from high school in Artesia, she wanted to go to college, but when she discovered she couldn’t attend the school she wanted to attend, she decided not to go at all.

“I wasn’t a good student then,” Eden said. “It was a matter of maturity and I wasn’t mature enough then to get good grades in college.”

Now, 12 years after high school, she walked across the stage again with other NMJC graduates on May 11. Over her red graduation robe, she wore a gold colored satin stole embroidered with the words, “Honor Graduate.”

“I have a 4.0 grade point average,” Eden said. “And I’m the president of Phi Theta Kappa.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the academic honor society for students attending community colleges.

“I’ve been president for a little more than a year and we have worked hard to perform community service projects,” Eden said.

Eden and her husband Tanner have two children, ages 4 and 3. She is set to graduate with both an associates in arts and an associate in science.

Before she married and went back to school, she sold cars locally.

“I loved selling cars,” she said. “But it’s not something you can do when you have a family.”

Going to college and earning two degrees in two years might seem like something a person can’t do when they have a family.

“It has been hard, balancing kids, the house, life,” Eden said. “But once I started, I took lots of hours each semester and I had lots of help. My husband is wonderful. He has always been there when I needed to be someplace or when I needed to study. My mother-in-law has been a big help and my mom comes from Artesia when I need her.”

Duncan said when she was a youngster, she wanted to be a physician and surgeon, “but I think that’s out of the question now. What I want now is to get into the BSN (Bachelor of Nursing) program and maybe become a nurse practitioner.”

“I loved my anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology classes,” she said. “The truth is that I want to become a nurse and then decide where I’m going.”

In the meantime, Eden wants to continue to be as good a wife and mom as she can be while she pursues her work as a student nurse

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