Kelly Savary Powers

Kelly Savary Powers

Major:  Sociology

Hometown: West Wareham, MA

"Education is more than just a diploma—it's an investment in yourself and your family."
What have you learned that's made a difference to you?

I have learned that education is more than just a diploma—it's an investment in yourself and your family. As a full-time working mom, I had put off going back to school because I didn't feel I had enough time and because I didn't want to spend the money.


I started my journey part-time while my son was in the first grade, and took classes when I could. Now, both my son and I will be graduating three weeks apart: he, from high school, and myself from UMass Dartmouth.


I am proud that my family and I are on this journey together. I may be earning the degree, but it's really a shared success.

What have you learned from other students?

As a student of Professional and Continuing Education, I learned that we are all pretty much in the same situation...looking to better ourselves and our career paths while trying to juggle the daily challenges of work, family, and life. 

What advice would you like to share with future students?

If you are thinking about going to back to school but are hesitant, start small. Take the time you need, and do what can fit into your schedule the best. Success is addictive, and once you find you can succeed in one class, that feeling of achievement will motivate you further.

Who would you like to thank?

I would like to thank my kids and husband for giving me the time, encouragement, and support. Graduating means so much more to me because I can share it with them. I would also like to thank my teachers for broadening my horizons (even when I was a bit resistant at times).


Thank you all for helping me achieve this milestone: I couldn't have done it without you!