OBC Alumni Spotlight: Virginia Lance-Corey
Posted on July 27, 2017
Written by Morgan O'Rourke
The path to bettering your career and life all starts with realizing you can do anything you set your mind to.
Despite challenges and uncertainties, Virginia Lance-Corey, a graduate of OBC’s Legal Assistant Associate Degree program, is forging the future she once only dreamed of. Read about Virginia’s time at OBC, and see what she’s up to now:
- Why did you decide to continue your education at Ohio Business College?
I came to Ohio Business College [because] it was more hands-on and the school seemed to have a great interest in my education. This made me feel comfortable and I knew it was the [school to attend].
- Why did you enroll in the Legal Assistant Associate Degree program?
I chose the Legal Program because I have been [involved in] Voices For Children for 10 years now. I find great satisfaction in helping abused and dependent children and [helping] them find a safe and happy life. I thought by educating myself, I could help these children more.
- What have been your favorite things about the Legal Assistant Associate Degree program?
This would be my externship [when I worked] with attorneys and learned how the [field of law functions]. Ohio Business College helped me learn this, too, with having great teachers who [displayed an immense amount of] care and understanding.
- What was the most difficult or challenging thing about going back to school?
This is a difficult question to answer. When I first came to OBC, I was in an abusive relationship and was told I could not go to school. I then realized I had to get out of the relationship and find myself again.
When I left and decided to go back to school, I remember sitting in an OBC faculty member’s office crying. I was not sure of myself and thought I was too old. After talking with her, and listening to her tell me I could better my life, I told myself I could do this.
I wanted to quit several times, but OBC’s staff and instructors kept telling me, “You can do this!” After three quarters, I pushed myself, got up every day, and said you are better than this and you can do it.
Now, here I am ready to put on my cap and gown and walk to receive one of the great things I did for me.
- How did Ohio Business College help you succeed in your studies and accomplish your goals?
Ohio Business College supported me even in hard times. They understood and pushed me to be everything I am today. Ohio Business College became the family that I needed at that time of my life.
- Tell us about your externship.
My externship was amazing. I found my own place to do my externship, and when I met up with the attorney who I would be working with, he was already talking about keeping me. I helped set up his new office, organized files, scanned files into the computer, set up phones, wrote motions, set up appointments, and help him run a smooth legal office.
There was another attorney in the same office who I also answered phones and made appointments for. This was the best place to get the real-world experience I needed.
I was hired on and it is amazing to work here full-time.
- Do you have a favorite memory about attending OBC? If so, what is it?
I think this would have to be the staff and the great work they do to help students achieve their goals. I would not have made it this far without them.
Plus, meeting new people, making friends, and having fun.
Another great memory would be in legal writing and criminal law. We did mock trials for our final grade. We were given a case to break down, write motions, and then play out. This is such a great way to learn.
- What do you think sets OBC apart from the other career education schools?
The one-on-one attention, small class sizes, and teachers taking the time to make sure everyone understands the work or lab. The other schools I looked at don’t treat you like that. I didn’t see teachers helping the students the way Ohio Business College does.
- What are you up to now?
I am still working for the attorney who I did my externship with, and I am planning on attending Tiffin College for my bachelor’s degree with the support of my employer.
- What advice or tips do you have for prospective and current OBC students?
I would like to encourage them to follow their heart.
Don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way. This is your life and career path to better yourself. I know times can get hard, and you may feel like you can’t do this. I had to tell myself every day that I can do this. I still do.
Things will come up in life, and Ohio Business College understands they were in your shoes once. They will understand and work with you. Don’t be afraid to talk to any of the faculty and staff.
*I want to thank everyone at OBC who helped me get to where I am today. You will always be my new-found family. Thank you for showing me that I can achieve my goals no matter how hard life may seem.
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