“I ran out of financial aid and had to transfer to UofL from Morehead. I didn't want to give up because I've came a long way. I am extremely happy that I kept going through all the challenges I had to face,” says Tori Henderson, a Metropolitan College participant, who recently graduated in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree.
In addition to working 3rd shift as a part-time package handler at UPS to receive paid tuition benefits at the University of Louisville , Tori participated in several experiential learning activities, from working as an intern at Rutherford Elementary, to completing a countless number of community service hours as a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. to support babies, young adults, and the elderly.
Prior to graduating this spring, Tori received a nomination for the 2021 Outstanding Metropolitan College Student Award, an award that recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, work-life balance, and academic success.
“I'm a very hard worker, dependable, and I showed up to work Monday-Friday ready to work! I'm not sure how I juggled UPS, homework, and sorority life but I did,” Tori recalled.
Now, the recent graduate plans to take a year off to travel, start a business, and then pursue a master’s degree. When asked to share how working at UPS contributed personal and professional growth, Tori replied, “UPS has enhanced my leadership skills and communication skills. Those are the skills I will need in the social work industry, and I feel well prepared.”
Learn more about Tori Henderson in this Metropolitan College Spotlight Q&A Interview
What has been your biggest challenge as a MC participant and how did you overcome this challenge?
One of the biggest challenges as a MC participate would be time management. I have been lacking sleep since Fall 2020 when I had to incorporate my practicum placement into my already busy schedule. I overcame this obstacle by purchasing a planner and not taking on bigger responsibilities.
What motivates and drives you to succeed while pursing your educational goals?
My little sister and my nieces and nephews are my motivation.
What person(s) has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
There are two individuals at UPS that I have has the pleasure of working with who had a big influence on my life and supported me. Mackenzie Esterle-Dennison was the very first female supervisor I have had. Edward Lee Vertrees showed me how to be a leader and helped to supervise my work area when needed.
What advice do you have for students interested in the MC program?
It is okay to take mental breaks during this process, you can do anything you set your mind to. Always keep a planner. I have a physical planner, calendar, and I use my phone calendar.
What is an interesting or fun fact about yourself?
I love to travel and be social!
We are proud of our current students and alumni and their incredible accomplishments! The MC Spotlight is a way for us to highlight the amazing things our current students and alumni are doing. As you read their stories, you will learn how their Metropolitan College experiences helped to shape their futures and influence their careers.
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"The Metro College program has allowed me to go through college without worrying about my financial needs and the academic bonuses you receive at the end of the semester are truly amazing!"
"Working at UPS has contributed a lot to my personal and professional growth. It has taught me to be grateful and patient most of all."