Started at UW Oshkosh: Summer 2012
Hometown: Oshkosh, Wis.
Major: Human Services Leadership
In January 2012 Sherri Mahmoud, 52, lost her job working in supply chain logistics, which she said gave her an opportunity to go back to college for a bachelor’s degree.
Determined to go to college, Mahmoud drove to campus one day, walked in to Dempsey Hall and asked for information on coming to UW Oshkosh. That same day she left with all the information she needed to start classes during the summer of 2012.
“I chose UWO because I really like the school, I love the campus and I just felt like it was the right place for me,” Mahmoud said.
Mahmoud, who plans to graduate in December 2013 with a bachelor ’s degree in human services leadership, said her passions changed from when she first started at UW Oshkosh for an associate’s degree in liberal arts.
“Before I lost my job I got involved with a training program through the Appleton Police Department for a volunteer group called Victim Crisis Responders,” Mahmoud said. “The training really brought to light what it was that I was missing, and I knew what I wanted to do.”
Mahmoud said her goal in majoring in human services leadership is to work in victim advocacy, and she said she enjoys learning from her younger classmates.
“I bring as much life experience to my classmates as they bring to me,” Mahmoud said. “I want people to know that education can happen at any time. Education never has to stop — even when you’re out of school.”
Mahmoud wanted to get involved on campus as soon as she returned and is currently serving as the treasurer for the Nontraditional Student Organization (NTSO), which is a student group that hosts different academic and social based events to foster a nontraditional adult student community support system.
“I just decided to start doing things that were out of my comfort level,” Mahmoud said. “I really have had a lot of education, in addition to my classes, through different activities on campus.”
According to Mahmoud, it is the support she has received from other students that has helped her get out of her comfort zone and have such a good experience at UW Oshkosh.
“I have never had a bad experience at UW Oshkosh, and other nontraditional and traditional-aged students have really supported me and helped me feel part of the campus,” Mahmoud said.