Friday, April 2, 2021

Graduate Profile: Savannah Stover

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It is often said that college for an adult student is a team effort. For Savannah Stover that team is seven strong- her children who have been at her side every step of the way.

“I had been a stay at home mom,” she said. “We had seven babies in ten years. I home schooled them and raised them. Three years ago my husband tragically passed away. He was the breadwinner for the family. We had Social Security death benefits, which saved us. But I knew I had to go back to school to get a good job to support us. By spring of 2019 I was enrolled in classes at Vol State.”

College for an adult student can be daunting enough, but for a single mom with so many kids it was a tremendous challenge.

“It was a lot. But I was eager and motivated by wanting to do whatever I needed to do for my children and show my husband that we were going to be okay.”

Savannah said one system she and her husband started in the family early, really saved her later.

“When they were little we instituted a buddy system. So, each older got a younger. The kids are so supportive with my school. They have never questioned or complained. My olders take care of the littles.”

Savannah found herself blossoming at Vol State.

“I’ve always enjoyed writing. Going through such tragedy and trauma gave me a new voice. My classes allowed me to stretch my wings. My goal is to get my bachelor’s degree in communication. Then I’m considering graduate school. I want to use my story to help others.” She recently won two awards for her writing in a national Phi Theta Kappa honors society contest.

Stover is disappointed that she won’t be able to have her kids join her at the graduation ceremony, but knows her seven person support system will still be there.

“I know that they will be there front and center virtually watching me graduate. I’m very excited. It’s surreal. I want to show my children endurance, strength, and hope.”

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