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Seizes Opportunity to Pursue Nursing Career at Motlow College Smyrna Center
When Janet Knorp's oldest son registered for classes and became a college student, she decided it was time for her to do the same. She had always seen college in her future, but up until then the time just never seemed right. The Motlow College Smyrna Center provided both the opportunity and the convenient location she needed to begin her new future.
"I had just turned 40 and needed something different," she said. "Getting my college education was something I had always wanted to do."
Knorp is majoring in nursing; a profession she said is close to her heart. Nursing students at the Smyrna Center have the opportunity to complete their degree in nursing with only periodic trips to the college's Moore County campus.
"I love being able to care for those who are unable to care for themselves," she added.
Although she is well on her way to accomplishing her educational goals, Knorp said that playing the role of a non-traditional student was "scary and challenging at first."
"I wasn't the best student in high school and I had test anxiety that caused trouble with my grades," she said. "Then I met Mr. (Kevin) Fitch and he helped me overcome my testing fears. I could not have gone through this program without him. Teachers like Mr. Fitch are what make Motlow so great; they show such dedication to their students."
Fitch is an assistant professor of biology at the Smyrna Center, and his advice and counsel to Knorp once again helped her as she prepared to begin her second year as a student in Motlow's nursing program.
"Everyone thinks that the first year is hard, but it is nothing compared to what awaits you when you are finally accepted into the nursing program," she said. "Because I did so poorly in high school, I have had to focus on my study habits and keeping on track to graduate," she said. "It has been a rollercoaster ride."
Knorp said this past year has called for early mornings and late nights of studying and working non-stop to keep up with the program's workload. Family support from her husband and five sons has been essential to her success in the nursing program.
"We are all on the same page, and that is for me to graduate," Knorp said. "My husband and children have said throughout the past year that they will do whatever it takes to ensure that I graduate."
Knorp's second oldest son, Daniel, also has decided to join the ranks of college student at the Smyrna Center and hopes to pursue a nursing degree at Motlow.
"I am very proud of him," she said. "But I also know what awaits him as he finishes his first year of college. It will be hard, but he is young and is dedicated to achieving a degree to support his family."
Knorp said that Motlow has prepared her for the career she is about to begin.
"I was able to get a job last summer with a general surgeon in Murfreesboro," she explained. "It is so rewarding to be able to see what I have learned at Motlow begin to pay off. In talking with a lot of clinical offices and hospitals that I have worked for, I have found that Motlow nurses are the best prepared. I find that awesome, and I am proud to be a Motlow nurse."