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Geneva’s Emily Reynolds looks forward to life as a college student

In the Reynolds household in Geneva, eight-year-old Eleanor and ten-year-old Cameron aren’t the only ones preparing for a new school year.  This fall, their mom, Emily will be a student too.

The 39-year old former hairstylist will be a full-time undergraduate student at Waubonsee Community College, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education, with a goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. 

“I’ve been taking online classes to get my feet wet, but now I’ll be going fulltime,” says Emily.

Emily’s mom, Diane Jordan, couldn’t be prouder. 

“When she shared her desire to go back to school, I was delighted,” shares Diane. “Though I knew it would be more difficult since she now has responsibilities as a wife and mother, I also know she can overcome any obstacle.”

A native of Carol Stream, Emily graduated in the top five percent of her class at Glenbard North High School, and had acceptances from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, but no clear career path.  After a year at College of DuPage, she decided to go to beauty school. 

To read the full story, pick up the latest issue of Kane County Magazine.