Living without regrets

She wanted to live life without any regrets. At the age of 52, her father passed away, having never completed a college degree. She didn’t want her kids to say the same thing about her.

At 31, Melissa Kline returned to school while balancing two kids, a new marriage and a full-time job.

“I know everybody says it, but if I can do it, anyone can do it,” she said.

In 2007, Kline enrolled in Huntington University’s EXCEL Adult Degree program in pursuit of a business administration degree. In 2010, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree and soon after pursued her master’s degree in accounting from another institution.

“I’m on a roll right now,” she said with a smile.

Kline works as the assistant treasurer at Manchester Community Schools in North Manchester, Ind., where she is responsible for employee benefits and payroll, state financial reporting and the free and reduced lunch program for the district.

Kline plans to use her degree to advance to a new position in the district.

“I just think that it opens so many doors with my education,” she said.

Kline chose Huntington because of the great reputation of the program and because she knew that the EXCEL program helped students ease back into the process of going back to school as an adult.

“I think the staff and professors make the program,” she said. “I always looked forward to class.”

Kline says that she is grateful for her HU education and is glad that she did not wait too long to get it.

“Don’t waste any time and go for it. We’re not getting any younger,” she said. “I don’t want any regrets when my day comes.”