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Larkin's Moment of Truth

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I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My father was a professor at the University of Michigan. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard, and my mother has a master’s degree from Smith. I was always surrounded by very educated people.

When it came time for me to go to college, I enrolled, had too much fun and dropped out. Then I joined the Navy, and during that time took some classes at a community college and got a 4.0. When I got out of the Navy, I enrolled in Michigan State. Like before, I had too much fun and flunked out again. So for about 15 years, I moved from one side of the country to the other bartending, waiting tables, having a good time. Then in 2006, I turned my life around.

During all of those years, there was just something missing…something unfinished.

Not long after I got married, I was sitting around the dinner table with my wife and in-laws. We started talking about school, and they asked, “Why don’t you just do it?”

That was my moment of truth.

I called Belmont the next day and spoke with Valerie. She made the admissions process so easy, despite my past school experiences. I enrolled in the Liberal Studies program and graduated in August 2011.

Now, I’m the Admissions Director at a spiritual retreat for men with addictions. This degree has given me the confidence and the courage to move into this field.

The people at Belmont are really on your side. I don’t know if other schools are like Belmont. The whole experience was amazing.