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Sara Oswald

Sara Oswald

Sara Oswald went from MTC to the Harvard Dean's List.

"I found Midlands Technical College after I realized I needed to create a new path in my life. My family has lived in rural Richland County for seven generations, and like the rest of my family, I went straight to work right out of high school. I was doing pretty well in sales and marketing until I was downsized. Out of work and without a degree or certification, I chose to enroll at Midlands Technical College.

My instructors at MTC immediately challenged me intellectually, but I found myself thriving in rigorous courses. I became a part of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honors society for 2-year schools. In 2011, I was appointed to the South Carolina All-State Academic team and received an email that changed my life yet again.

Because of the world-class education I received while pursuing an associate’s degree at Midlands Technical College, I was contacted by an admissions adviser from the Harvard University Extension School.  In May 2014, I graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Harvard and received the Harvard's Dean's List Academic Achievement Award for graduating with a GPA greater than 3.5.

"Midlands Technical College opened the door to a whole new world for me – and the out-of-pocket cost for my entire education from MTC to Harvard was $1,891."

Today I’m still in South Carolina, pursuing a graduate degree in higher education. I hope I can inspire other students the way I was inspired at Midlands Technical College."