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Tracy Timmons '20

Human Resource Management

Balancing Act

Tracy Timmons ’20 received a scholarship from the Professional Women’s Network (PWN), a networking organization in Cedar Rapids, and was recognized during a Sept. 26 reception.

Timmons is a student in Mount Mercy’s adult accelerated program, despite having to balance a busy lifestyle as a parent and working professional.

Even though she was never involved with the PWN before receiving the scholarship, Timmons pointed towards the necessity of similar organizations. Networking is an important facet of the business world, and Timmons recognized that.

Timmons heard of the scholarship because a co-worker mentioned it. Without this connection, she never would have been able to pursue the opportunity.

MMU: Congratulations on being awarded a scholarship through PWN! How did you feel when you learned you won the scholarship?

TT: I was shocked, but mostly felt grateful and appreciative that I was awarded the scholarship. 

MMU: You’re in Mount Mercy’s adult accelerated program. Tell me about your journey to Mount Mercy. What attracted you to the program?

TT: I received my AA through Kirkwood Community College years ago, and I like how Mount Mercy and Kirkwood have partnered up with each other to make transferring into the accelerated program a seamless process. I appreciated the fact that Mount Mercy was able to refer me to Kirkwood to take a few more classes in order to save on tuition costs. I also think it is great that the campus is in Cedar Rapids, so I have the option of taking classes in person or online.

I also think it is great that the campus is in Cedar Rapids, so I have the option of taking classes in person or online.

Tracy Timmons '20

MMU: Like many accelerated students, you have a busy life outside of school. How does the program fit your busy schedule?

TT: Being a wife and mother of two little girls, my life is very hectic. The accelerated program has been beneficial for me because I have the option of taking a block off or choosing whether I take a class online or in person. There are some seasons that are busier than others, and being able to take an online course so I don’t miss any of the kids’ activities means a lot to me.

MMU: What advice would you give to women who may be considering school, but isn’t sure she can accomplish a degree on top of her other responsibilities?

TT: I would have to say that I totally get it… it’s stressful. Women are usually the glue that holds everything together, but remember to use some of that energy on yourself. If you set your mind to it and commit to doing this for yourself, you will succeed. As much as I am doing this for myself, I also want my kids to know how important it is to finish what you start and to have an education in which you feel proud.

As much as I am doing this for myself, I also want my kids to know how important it is to finish what you start and to have an education in which you feel proud.

Tracy Timmons '20

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