When Skousen uses a word like sacrifice, it has traction. “I personally never felt like school was going to be in the cards for me,” she says.
She had to leave home just shy of 15 years old. By age 18, she got married and adopted her younger sister. “My son was born six days after my sister turned 18. So, I went from raising my sister to raising my son.”
At age 22, Skousen got her GED certificate, but for years she thought that was the end of the road for her. Going back to school felt financially indulgent, and besides, she liked being a stay-at-home mom. Finally, however, she couldn’t shake the urge to earn her degree, and she enrolled.
“I think I told my husband every week, ‘Oh my goodness, I might actually do this.’ I accomplished things I didn’t know I could,” she says.
Daily, she uses the human resources, marketing and management material she learned while earning her BSBM. “I know how to run a company. I am able to provide jobs for people who are in the situation I was in a few years ago.”
Was it worth it?
“Absolutely,” she says. “Hard things are worth it. You’re never too old.”