Student Success Story: Dori Lynn

Dori Lynn Nears Graduation Milestone, Sets Sights on Bright Future


South Paris, Maine – Life is not a destination, it is a journey. This simple statement is an accurate summary of the fulfilling life with many twists and turns that Dori Lynn has led.

A native of Norway, Maine, Dori saw her life change dramatically when she learned of an unexpected pregnancy while a student at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in 1990. Though she left high school to raise a family, Dori never relinquished her dream of receiving a college education.

Dori Lynn In May of 2016 that dream will be realized when she receives her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Management concentration from the University of Maine in Augusta (UMA). Though her degree will be issued from UMA, Dori is pursuing her degree full-time through the Norway / South Paris Center of University College located in South Paris adjacent to Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.

“Without my local University College Center and the support I received, I would not have been able to pursue my degree,” Dori stated. “I simply have too many family and other commitments to have traveled to the Augusta campus.”

Onsite, online, hybrid and ITV instruction is delivered live and asynchronously by faculty from University of Maine system campuses to University College Centers and sites across Maine. Many courses use streaming video, allowing students to view lectures online.

When she started her degree studies she felt butterflies in her stomach each time she set out for a class. Soon her confidence grew. Dori felt the warm, supportive atmosphere that permeates the Center in South Paris. Her professors were accessible and classmates supportive. Each day the message was clear: you can do this.

From the early days when she first began studies in 2011 to the present time, anticipating completing work towards her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Management Concentration in the Spring of 2016, Dori has realized a measure of potential that at times caught her by surprise.

“I am so grateful that the South Paris, University College campus exists. Without the South Paris Center, I would not have this amazing opportunity to fulfill my dream of a higher education because the transportation and travel costs would be beyond my financial reach” – Dori Lynn

“I have been a Dean’s List student for the past 5 semesters,” Dori said at the onset of the Fall 2015 Semester. “I really can’t adequately tell you how supportive the staff at the Norway / South Paris Center has been, they are absolutely terrific.”

Dori’s journey to the Norway / South Paris Center was prompted by a series of career setbacks. She remained optimistic and looked for opportunities to improve. All signs pointed to the idea that a college degree was essential.