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e classroom “That’s the power of a small college. Once I got to Linfield I Both view their time in the classroom as an investment, realized this was the perfect fit for me.” and agree their Linfield education has made a tremendous A scholarship from the Ford Family Foundation sealed difference. Byers’ decision. “I cannot think of any circumstance in which an artist Having support has been crucial to would not benefit from continuing education. achieving both academic focus and a fruitful I strongly believe in the adage ‘learn something career. Both Mulligan and Byers said it can be “I cannot think of any new every day,’” said Mulligan. “Challenging diffi cult to maintain that focus. myself in the classroom makes me think and “It’s an enormous challenge and circumstance in which communicate with more focus; I gain fresh balancing act with two full-time jobs at perspectives not only from my professors but Artists Repertory,” said Mulligan. an artist would not from my fellow students.” family that works together,” Byers said. “It’s benefi from continuing on her family. the impact of her educationByers can see t supportive a have to“I feel blessed important for me that I don’t compromise “I’ve seen an academic improvement in education. I strongly that relationship with my family.” my children since I’ve come back to school. With family and work believe in the adage I think I’ve inspired them to do better and responsibilities outside the classroom, prioritize,” said Byers. Mulligan and Byers must be intentional ‘learn something After Linfield, Byers plans to continue with their time and assignments. her work with LINCS reaching out to youth in “It’s hard to be home and not get new every day.’” her community. Mulligan plans to continue interrupted,” said Byers. “If I have a test her work with Artist’s Repertory and connect coming up I just tell my family I have to – Stephanie Mulligan ’13 internationally through collaborations abroad. be in the library until late or do it after 9 p.m. when all the kids and my husband – Crystal Galarza ’13 have gone to bed.” Mulligan is also strategic about time and location when getting work done. She does a lot of her homework on weekends in concentrated, often full-day blocks and late at night. “Sometimes, I have to work on papers at 6 a.m. while getting ready for my morning drive,” said Mulligan. While juggling responsibilities is a challenge for both, it results in a unique perspective. “The tuition money is my responsibility; I don't have parents to bail me out. Having a family and a mortgage makes me want to get everything I possibly can out of each class,” said Mulligan. Byers often sees the value of her experience in the classroom. “There have been many moments where my life experiences affirmed what we were learning in class and texts,” said Byers. “I have an advantage in that I can apply the concepts in the classroom to what I have experienced in my own life.” Stephanie Mulligan ’13 works with Ty Marshall, professor of theatre, on drawings for a class, Fundamentals of Theatre Design and Drawing. Fall 2012 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 1 7


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