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FMU grad went back to school in her 30s

May 8, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – For 2019 Francis Marion University graduate Kristen Grezch, graduation came later than most.

Grezch, a 37-year-old spring graduate, decided to go back to school after working as a professional marketer in the health care field.

After moving with her husband to South Carolina in 2015, Grezch said, she knew it was time to go back to school. Grezch applied to Francis Marion in 2015 to finish her degree in marketing.

“I went and sent in an application and actually sent in an essay, which I don’t believe you have to do, but I sent one anyway, because I felt like I needed to make my case on why I felt like I deserved to be let back into college, because my early college transfer status might not have proven I was serious about it,” Grezch said.

Grezch said her time as a student was difficult with balancing being a mother and a wife, but she said she knows she was in the right place at the right time.

“It was really hard, but I think it was also very, very, very rewarding,” Grezch said. “Being an older student, I was able to appreciate innately all that I put into getting my education finished.”

After graduation, Grezch began working at an Enlivant assisted-living facility as a marketing director. She said out of her multiple experiences at higher learning institutions, her classes at Francis Marion helped prepare her for the professional world.

“I can tell you the faculty and staff at Francis Marion University, particularly those that I was involved with in the school of business were so involved and made me feel empowered and actually prepared me – made sure that everything that I work with and toward in all of my classes were going to benefit me professionally,” Grezch said.

During her time at Francis Marion, Grezch was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, was awarded the business marketing award and received the strategic management certificate of achievement. Grezch also participated on a team of computer science and marketing majors in the annual Pee Dee Idea Challenge, which won first place for a computer application to help medium- and small-sized companies schedule activities.