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MorningStar Bjornson
Adult Learner


The Challenge

Devoted to making a difference and a better life, MorningStar perseveres over the challenges she’s faced. She dropped out during her junior year of high school, making some poor life choices. It didn’t take long for her to find out that being independent and on your own as a teenager isn’t easy. “I was 18 and on my own. It was a struggle at times. I tried going back to school twice.” MorningStar added the job title of parent when her son was born. “It was finally time to get things together.”

The Solution 

She completed her GED® certificate. “When I passed my first test, it made me feel like I had achieved something I didn’t think I could. I knew my goal of getting my GED was reachable.” She enrolled at Lake Region State College which made her apprehensive at first. “Change is a big thing. You’re always scared of failing.” But again, she is persevering-tackling her studies, working in the bookstore, surrounding herself with people who encourage her, creating a foundation and future for her son. “I look at him and think about his future–I want to be able to support myself and him.” She wants to be a social worker. “I want to be able to help people. I want to do to others like was done for me–placed with a loving family that cares about me.”

The Outcome

She graduated earning the Student of the Year Award. Candidates receiving this award have proven themselves through their record of service, dedication, and performance while in the classroom. Not only are these students maintaining success in the classroom, but they also balance many different aspects of life. This award is designed to recognize these students for their hard work and accomplishments. “You can do it, but you have to push yourself to succeed if you really want it,” she said.