“Pursuing my education at University of the Rockies was one of the wisest decisions I’ve ever made.”
Alesia Grice-Dyer of East Moline, IL, has spent most of her life tending to other people’s needs. Currently employed as a registered nurse, she is also the primary care giver for her elderly mother. In spite of her desire to help others, Alesia knows the importance of taking care of herself, too. “I always felt there could be more to my life than just caregiving,” she says. “My parents advised me to aim high and strive to be the best, so here I am.”
By “here,” she means enrolled in University of the Rockies’ Doctor of Psychology, Health and Wellness Psychology specialization. Alesia, 59, is pursuing her doctorate after obtaining several other degrees during her adult life, including an Associate’s degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Behavior, and two Master’s degrees – one in Heath Education and Promotions and another in Community and Behavioral Health. She is on track to finish her doctoral dissertation in fall 2014.
Of her long-term career plans after graduation, Alesia says, “I plan to apply my degree in a manner that will motivate more minority individuals to become involved in their communities and pursue academics as a way to enhance their lives and others’ quality of life,” she says. “I also hope to encourage young minorities to reach high and not settle.”
Alesia says she is already applying the knowledge and skills from her doctoral program to her everyday life. She credits her professors with supporting her and guiding her along the way, especially during the times she struggled with her coursework because of her familial obligations. “My professors at University of the Rockies are people who practice what they preach; there are no pretenses,” she says.
In addition to her work as an R.N. and the care she gives to her mother, Alesia is currently mid-way through the process of adopting her three “amazingly smart and exceptionally sweet” nephews. She hopes to inspire them as well, saying, “Pursuing my education at University of the Rockies was one of the wisest decisions I’ve ever made.”