Kent State junior Laura Martin has come full circle. Martin is currently employed full time at the Fleming House, a family recovery center that provides drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Here, she was first a patient, then an intern and now a full-time residential case manager. While receiving care at the Fleming House, Martinâ€™s case manager encouraged her to keep busy.
â€œShe put a spark in me to get an education,â€ Martin said. â€œHer encouragement helped me stay on the right track and brought me closer to my goals.â€
Martinâ€™s dedication to living a drug and alcohol free life allowed her to attend Kent State University at Salem and receive her associateâ€™s degree in Human Services Technology in 2009. Currently, she is enrolled in the bachelorâ€™s degree program.
As a full-time employee, student and mother, strict time management is imperative, Martin stated. â€œItâ€™s all about getting in to a routine, and sticking to it.â€
Attending Kent State was one of the best decisions Martin ever made.
â€œKent State Salem was a great fit for me. Itâ€™s a short drive from my home, and itâ€™s affordable,â€ Martin said. â€œWhat other university has two campuses practically in your own back yard?â€ As the first member of her family to earn a college degree Martin is excited that her son is also pursuing an education at the Kent campus.
After completing her bachelorâ€™s degree, Martin hopes to continue working full time as a residential case manager at the Fleming House. She would also like to continue her education in a masterâ€™s program at Kent State.