College of General Studies

Alumni Stories

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As a pre-med student, Pearl sought a program that would satisfy both pre-med pre-requisites and her intellectual curiosity. Her search led her to CGS' natural sciences degree program.

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Dawn describes how her experience at CGS, both as a student and as an employee, helped her become the successful entrepreneur she is today.

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From flexible schedules to faculty with real world experience to testing that allowed for a quicker degree completion time, hear how CGS helped Terri achieve her goals and set her on a path for lifelong learning.

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Publisher and Vice President of Pittsburgh Magazine Betsy Benson explains how CGS was there for her at a pivotal time.

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Ms. Burrell began her educational journey at community college, but left to prioritize her family. Listen to her story of how, returning to school years later as a CGS student, her "worst professor was her best professor."

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Ms. Gerardi tells the story of how CGS uniquely prepared her for graduate school, and how CGS continues to support alumni long after graduation day. Her story also highlights the meaningful friendships she developed with other CGS students and...

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Mr. McCarl opens his story, saying, "My story is a story of second chances." Find out how CGS provided that second chance... and the unique and generous way that he showed his gratitude by giving back to CGS.

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Ms. Williams put her lifelong dream of obtaining a bachelor's degree on hold to be a better parent. When she decided it was "Now or never!", her dreams began to come true. Not only did she complete her degree, she also completed a study abroad...