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Returning student thrives at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

A woman who is headed for a nursing career credits much of her success to her academic adviser at OSU-OKC.
BY KANDACE TAYLOR and JANA FOSTER Published: February 23, 2013

“What encouraged me the most is when I attended the Phi Theta Kappa induction and Heather's mother said, ‘Thank you for helping my daughter make her decisions for school and helping her stay on track,'” Chapman said. “That resonated with me because we see so many students … but this is personal.”

McElwain said she is older than many of the students, but thinks she can keep up as well as anyone.

“A lot of times I feel like their mother,” she said. “But I really like it. I have made some great friends here.”

Chapman said her story proves there is no dream one can't accomplish with hard work and perseverance.

McElwain plans to apply to OSU-OKC's nurse science program in the fall and is currently enrolled in six hours.

“I'm a normal person who is doing this,” McElwain said, “and if I can do it, anybody else can.”

Kandace Taylor and Jana Foster are with OSU-OKC Communications.