Whether it be a season of sowing seeds or reaping the harvest, we live our lives in chapters and episodes that are wrought with opportunities to grow and evolve.
As we seize upon those opportunities which help shape and mold us into productive members of society we stop to celebrate milestones that mark our passage through times of both happiness and duress.
Clarisse Morris is a woman of faith who understands the importance of the seasons of life and their milestones.
Last week Morris earned her GED through Chattahoochee Tech and though she is a nontraditional student who chose to return to her studies while most her age are thinking of retirement, she has persevered and fulfilled a promise she made to herself and her family.
“This is a wow moment for me in my life,” Morris said. “To me I know it’s a milestone and it’s a great achievement for me. It’s a dream come true.”
Morris said earning her diploma is a lifelong dream she had and was a constant thought in the back of her mind as she got older and watched her own four children earn their high school diplomas.
“It’s something I felt was absolutely necessary for my future,” Morris said.
Morris, who lives in Euharlee with her husband John, is an associate minister at Jesus Alive Ministries in Bartow County and said while she is happy to have earned her GED, her education doesn’t end there.
Morris said she plans to continue her education and head to college to study child psychology.
“Words cannot tell you how proud I am of this student,” said Brenda Williams-Whitley, who works with the adult literacy department for Chattahoochee Tech at its Summer Hill test preparation center in Cartersville. “She’s a dream student.”
Since she began preparing for the GED in 2008 Morris has been positive beacon to both her fellow students and teachers.
“She’s very inspirational,” said her instructor Becky Wilkie.
Morris was one of 42 graduates who received their GED at Chattahoochee Tech June 7 and one of 814 who have earned their diplomas since July 2011 said Rebecca Long, a spokesperson for Chattahoochee Tech.
She also is among the 30 percent of Chattahoochee Tech’s GED program participants who go on to college, Long said.
Morris, who said faith and family have sustained her throughout her journey to earn her GED, encourages those who have not made the chose to return to school to find the courage to do so despite the odds.
“It’s never too late if you really want to do something,” Morris said.