Geoff Griffin is a born-again student. When he started at a large state college immediately after graduating high school, he felt lost.
But after moving back home to Fort Worth and working for a few years, Griffin realized the importance of having a college degree. He is now set to graduate in December from Texas Wesleyan with a finance degree.
He admits that while his grades at his first college were abysmal, he has maintained all A's while attending Wesleyan.
“I wasn’t ready to be in school and be away from home and be by myself,” Griffin said of his first time in college. ‘I was just too immature for college.”
After moving back to Fort Worth, Griffin, 27, worked at a local community bank for a few years. Once he realized he really did need a degree to advance, he entered the business program at Wesleyan, which many friends recommended.
He said he thrives in the small classes and enjoys the encouragement he receives from his professors.
Though Griffin was disappointed at his first attempt in college, he ended up being a better student in the end.
“I’m so much more ready now. I feel very, very prepared,” he said. “I feel like I have a lot of experience.”
Griffin said he would like to continue working in banking after graduation, because he enjoyed the atmosphere when he worked at a community bank before attending school again.
“I’m just looking to join an organization that really values growth in their employees,” he said.
And though Griffin admits he is still uncertain about his career path, he is ready to start it up again and see where it takes him.
“If I’ve learned anything, it’s that things change as they come,” Griffin said. “I feel like I’m just now starting out.”