Hard work and commitment are two qualities that have served Craig Kilgo well. Now, this aspiring college graduate is leaning on them more than ever as he completes his degree through a competency-
based University of Wisconsin Flexible Option program.
“Flex is about work ethic,” says Kilgo. “This was exactly the program I needed, and I decided it was important to take advantage of this opportunity as soon as possible.”
Kilgo’s journey to his degree began in Chattanooga, Tennessee as a member of the 2002 Junior National Rowing Team in high school. His talents landed him at Cornell, but the high cost of an Ivy League education soon took a toll. Not willing to walk away, Kilgo took a job as a student assistant in a Cornell-run research institute to help with expenses.
“As time went on, I found myself transitioning from being a student worker to a full-time Cornell employee,” Kilgo says. “I decided I wanted to get out of upstate New York, so I moved to Washington, D.C., and entered the workforce full time. Things were going well, so I didn’t think too much about the fact that I hadn’t completed my college degree.”Read more…