Featured Learner - George Bailey
Seeing the bigger picture
George Bailey selected Peirce College after researching numerous websites for the institution that could best meet his educational needs. He wanted to work during the day and attend classes in the evening. For George, the enrollment process at Peirce was excellent. In addition, "The other colleges I contacted lacked customer service skills," he said. "Peirce was very helpful."
In September 2006, George began his Business Administration studies as an on campus student. He soon realized another and unexpected reason that confirmed that his selection of Peirce was the right decision. "Peirce College has the type of environment that reminds many people of a place that they are so familiar with..." George said. "The family atmosphere encourages students to succeed. I would recommend Peirce's programs to any future students looking for an opportunity to build successful careers."
In 2008, George received the ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs) Student Leadership Award for exemplary leadership. "Before, I would always strive for academic excellence," he noted. "After receiving the award, I developed a new outlook on life. That is when I realized that the big picture is more than just me."
While George continues to strive for excellence in school-he has maintained a 4.0 GPA-he also looks for opportunities to help in the community, "and anyone I can help to succeed," he added. George plans to put his degree to work to advance his career and obtain a doctorate in Accounting. Looking to apply his credentials, he wants to invest in real estate while creating jobs for workers in low-income neighborhoods.
Pointing to The Walker Center as an important resource, George credits Dr. Willie Brown for her "great guidance" while at Peirce. He is a member of Delta Mu Delta and Chi Alpha Epsilon, as well as SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), where he and other Peirce students work with high school students, helping them to develop leadership skills.
What tips would George offer other Peirce students? "First, it is not about being a smart person-smart people are those who work the hardest," he said. "Second, where there is a will, there is a way. No matter what obstacles you face, don't give up. Third, the sky is your limit-if you dream it, you can achieve it. The fourth tip: feel free to join SIFE, and do more!"