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Iris Houdyshel

The Humanities program recently got back in touch with one of our Alums. Iris Houdyshel graduated in 2007 and is very happy with her life in New Hampshire. Here's her story:

My husband took a job transfer five years ago and we moved from Lancaster, CA to Nashua, New Hampshire. (Serious weather shock!) It has been a goal of mine to become an adjunct professor at a community college since I first interviewed with Dr. Kidd for the MA in Humanities program. I applied for a few jobs in the California Community College system before we moved but had no luck. When we moved to New Hampshire, I put in an application at Nashua Community College, but they didn't seem to need any instructors at that time. This fall, I noticed that NCC was looking for a Humanities adjunct instructor, I attended their adjunct job fair had an interview, and was hired to teach "Critical Thinking" this 8 week Spring semester. I loved teaching this first class and have been invited back to teach an Intro. to Philosophy course this summer. I felt very comfortable working with the students in my class because they were primarily non-traditional students, working jobs and raising families as I was doing while I attended MSMU in 2005-2007. Winston Churchill has always been a hero of mine for how he led Great Britain during World War II. He is famously quoted as saying "Never, never, never, never, never give up!" I am glad that I didn't give up on my dream which was encouraged by Dr. Kidd and so many of my professors at MSMU.

We wish you the best of luck, Iris!

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