Lynn Cumberlidge, BA ’17
Lynn Cumberlidge is passionate about writing. From short stories to her family memoirs, Lynn’s time at Antioch University Online gave her the inspiration she needed to embrace her career as a creative writer. Watch an inspiring video message from Lynn.
“The whole experience enabled me to finally pursue a passion that I had wanted to follow for my whole life.”
Q&A with Lynn:
Where are you from?
I am from the U.K. and am residing in Florida.
What motivated you to pursue your degree?
I wanted to continue my education. Antioch Online attracted me because of the degree-completion program which was competitively priced. I was convinced to attend Antioch after talking to the very welcoming staff.
Who encouraged and supported you?
My husband supported and encouraged my decision. Ian has watched me prevaricate over writing and studying literature for many years. He was thrilled to see me get more and more excited about it through both the application process and as I progressed through the degree studies.
What was your academic focus at AU Online?
Writing and Literature. My passion project was the beginning of my short-story writing. During the course of the degree, I was also inspired to commence writing family memoirs—commencing with those of my elderly parents.
What did you enjoy about AU Online?
The whole experience enabled me to finally pursue a passion that I had wanted to follow for my whole life. The support helped me to overcome my doubts that I could make it as a writer and literary scholar. In the space of my time at AUO, I went from not believing in my abilities—to being the speaker for the online students at the degree commencement—something that I still pick myself about. Dr. Joseph Cronin and Dr. Paul Lucas have both helped me to grow—both in my field of study and in my confidence to pursue my literary passion.
What kinds of challenges did you face in pursuing your degree?
The first challenge was that of believing that I could make it. Once I was into the course, I was kept in the flow. As an online student, I had a concern about being able to take the relevant courses at the right time. This was abated by people like Joe Cronin, who were available to advise and help were necessary. When I was faced with health issues that postponed my completion, the staff rallied around to help me push through to the end.
What are your plans for the future after Antioch University?
Master’s degree and Doctorate. I am presently working on my first book.
Words of advice for future students?
Go for it! Don’t run the risk of looking back in the regret of not trying it out. Sure, you won’t like every class, but you will enjoy the experience of studying in an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement.