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Graduate Profile: Shalamar L. Hardy

Degree Information

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Major(s): Psychology

Minor(s): Criminology

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Extended information

Why did you choose Columbia College?

It was fate honestly, after returning home from NIU I wanted to attend a college close to home. I was very unsuccessful finding a 4 year school locally, but to my surprise I saw a sign for Columbia College off the interstate. I stopped in and applied, and the rest is sweet college history.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to go to gradate school for social work next year as well and attempt to complete the novel that I have started. I would like to start my own organization to help children get academic support and mentoring programs. I am also interested in increasing literacy for children around the country.

What was your favorite course, and why?

My favorite class was Stats 324, because it was my Achilles heel. I avoided it for years due to my love for math, I was terrified to take it online and took it in seat. I met the most amazing instructor that I have had throughout my entire college career. She made it very understandable and a very open and free learning environment. But most of all she didn't miss a beat and I came away with an A in the course and a new found respect for Statistics.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I would like to thank my Son for inspiring me to be the best mother I can be and to set a great educational example for him. Also, my mother who has always encouraged me to continue my education with diligence, my father who taught me to never give up and that I could complete and accomplish anything I set my mind and heart to do. I would definitely like to thank my love and fiancé for all of his support, love, and encouragement. I also would like to thank Ruth Tichenor, the disability coordinator at the main campus for all of her support throughout my struggles with my illness as well as my academic advisor, Heidi at Lake County Campus for all of her support and advice. I thank the entire Lake County staff, especially assistant director, Vance and Andrea the financial aid representative. Most of all I would like to thank my sisters and their children as well as all of my family. The strong family support system that I have is the main reason I was able to continue my education. In memory, I thank my cousin, Dr. Charles E. Clark for accomplishing all of his goals in such a short lifetime, he is and always will be my motivation. Thank you.



8/17/2013 4:07:00 PM Tae Well Shally what can I say?! Everyone mentioned such inspirational words so I really don't have to say anything. I am so proud of you for finally completing your degree. I hope one day I am able to complete mines. You are such an inspiration to all of us, especially the kids. You've shown that through anything you can achieve your goals. I've learned a lot from you throughout life. You are such a strong, intelligent, beautiful, and self-driven woman. I love you and may God continue to bless you. Congratulations to my best cousin/sister! Yayyy you did it!!!! Report
8/10/2013 8:02:07 PM Natasha Hardy Wow!!! I am at a lost for words. I am so very proud of you lil sister! Where do I begin? Since the first day I laid eyes on you, you were my "something special". And even though you've always took on the role of the big little sister, you are still my "something special". You are a pillar of strength and have shown and taught me so much in your young life. By watching and listening to you, I learned patience, endurance, dedication, and devotion. I thank you for being there for me and my children, being my support system throughout my life, encouraging me during the challenging times and celebrating all the happy times. You are and always have been my best friend! I thank you. Thank you for showing our children and family the importance of education. Showing us that we can be successful and can overcome any obstacles! I never once doubted that this day would come. Again I am so very proud of you! Continue to strive to meet all your goals. I know you are more than capable! I always knew you were destined for greatness. Congratulations lil sister!!!!! Report
8/6/2013 7:12:56 PM WauKesha Hardy Oh Shalamar, what can I say honey? I am so so very proud of you and everything you have accomplished over the years. I know that finishing school was a priority in your life that you never gave up on. Through your courage and faith, I reentered college with the same aspirations. You are a true inspiration of a beautiful mind. I only wish you the best in all your endeavors and I cannot wait to see and be a part of the beautiful future you are making for yourself and your son. I also want to thank you for helping me recognize how "special" my son is and for being a pillar of strength throughout his IEP process; I owe you so much. Shalamar, tears of joy pour out from my eyes for you, because life has thrown you many curveballs, your sons' prematurity, and your own illness, you still managed to come out successfully. You are an inspiration and a gift. I love you so much, Congratulations...Your Lil Sister, Ke. Report
8/4/2013 10:47:47 PM Kamaria Knowles Congrats TT! I'm really proud of your accomplishments and hope one day I will be able to do the same. I know that if you can complete your bachelors degree,I can do anything that my heart desires. I look up to you not only as an Aunt but as a role model . Love you lots <3 (: Report
8/4/2013 4:11:50 PM Patricia Baiyewu Shalamar, My Sweet daughter. You were created on purpose for purpose. One of those purposes is to attain greatness and leave a legacy for all those who know you can truly understand that with much sacrifice and perseverance you can fulfill your goals. It does not matter how long it takes to complete the task. What really matters is that you complete it. You my daughter have completed a task you began years ago. Your love, care, and attention towards your son was your first priority and education became your second love. You've cultivated both very well. There are many words I can use to describe your character. A few of them would be; intelligent, witty, passionate, self-confident, authentic, and loyal. There are two words that stand out in the forefront of my mind the most... "diligence & determination. During your educational journey, you have battled with illness and many other hardships but, I have watched you exemplify those two words, take them to another level, and give them new meaning. I am both proud and honored to have you as my daughter & sometimes personal professional counselor. Thanks for being a "Strong Listener" I love you. Report
7/30/2013 7:58:14 PM James Hardy I am so blessed to have such a strong daughter. Shalamar (BJ) Hardy you have always been inquisitive and want to understand what makes us tick. I am so proud if your accomplishment and hardwork to obtain a goal you set for yourselfMost important is that through your trials physically, you never gave up on your goals and your future goals to come. Your faith in God gives you the strength to press on to the calling God has for you. Congratulations an continue to succeed with Faith . Love Dad and nephew. Report
7/22/2013 9:32:59 AM Deloris Clark Congratulations! I am the very proud Aunt of Shalamar L. Hardy. It is an honor and inspiration to be able to see Shalamar accomplish such great achievements throughout her life, in spite of whatever obstacles came in her path. She always over came them. She is and always has been an amazing young lady. A woman of great strength, a beautiful mother, daughter, sister and niece ( my Molly). I love you very much! Report


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