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Juggling two jobs, family and school wasn't easy, but it was worth it for new 3+1 nursing grad

Teresa Soca and her family

You think you’re busy? Meet Teresa Soca.

From January through May 2018, she never got home between Wednesday nights and late Friday afternoons, sleeping a few hours in her car; washing up and changing clothes where she could; eating a Thursday night dinner dropped off by her significant other, Scott, of maybe pork chops, mashed potatoes and green beans.

This was back when she attended Rowan College at Burlington County, a step in her path – her very intense path – to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing during Commencement ceremonies this May from Rowan University’s School of Health Professions. (Soca will graduate on Monday, May 13.)

At the time of this oh-so-hectic schedule? She was 50 years old, a mother of five (three girls and two boys, ages 30 to 8) and a grandmother of five (three girls and two boys, ages 11 to 2).

Enrolled in Rowan’s 3+1 program, Soca hasn’t let up much in her time at Rowan University. Last semester she took six classes. This semester she took four. All were online, yet she still carefully regulated her time. Because those two jobs? She still has them.

“If I sleep four hours, I’m good,” said Soca, who fuels up on coffee.

Soca’s story, and by all means it is a success story – she is graduating with honors – is a complex one.

Read all about her story in Rowan University’s Rowan Today.

Teresa’ story is part of RCBC’s 50 stories for 50 years. In honor of the college’s 50th anniversary, RCBC is profiling students, faculty, administrators, alumni and the college community. Anyone interested in being featured can contact rcbcnews@rcbc.edu. To follow along on social media, use #RCBC50Stories.