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Mary Garner

Human Resource at Bowers Farms

General Studies

Graduated in 2014

Explain your career path

I started out at a different collage and I was going into nursing. I was accepted into the RN program to find out the school no longer offered student loans. I was a single mother and there was no way I could attend. I drove SEMO in Kennett and on a whim, I decided to see what they had to offer. That summer I had worked with Floral Cotton, a company out of Massachusetts.... I absolutely knew agriculture was where I needed to be!!!! When God shuts a door, he opens a window. There is not a day that I do not get up and LOVE what I do. I could not/would not want to do anything else.

What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?

I studies General Studies. It was the quickest way for me to graduate. I did not want to retake plant science after all the A&P!!!!

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

Small classes and a family feel.....although I was so much older than my class mates.....we still keep in touch!!!

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

Mr. Chandler
Mr. Speight

Share your best college memory.

To many!!! I actually would love to get my Master....I miss school that much!

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

To believe in myself!!!

Describe Southeast in three words.

Family. Success. Happiness.

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

Doing what I love every day!!!

How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?

From the computer skills to problem solving to interaction with people!!!

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

You may not end up where you think you want to go....

What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?

This question doesn't apply to me!!! I needed an education:
1. To show my daughter women are strong and fierce.
2. So I did not have to work in a low level, low paying job.
3. To show myself- I was worth being the best version of myself!!!


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