Stacey Cook knew she wanted to go to college and earn her Bachelor's Degree long before she realized she wanted to compete in the Olympics. Initially she only skied for pleasure with her family, but over time she developed world-class skiing speed and skills. A member of the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympic Alpine Skiing Teams, Stacey is able to train for the Olympics and still make her college dreams come true - thanks to DeVry University.
Stacey tried a few traditional 4-year colleges but her training schedule made attending classes difficult. After all, Stacey trains and competes all over the world, wherever there are mountains and snow - New Zealand in August, Chile in September, Europe in October, Colorado in November, and back to Europe for December through March. By taking online courses and staying in regular contact with her DeVry professors and advisors, it’s been easy for her to keep working towards her degree from wherever she is. A Business Administration major with a specialization in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Stacey now considers the world her campus as she prepares for international competition and her future.
Her Olympic journey has had its ups and downs, including a training accident during the 2010 Olympic Games that forced her to miss the opening ceremony and resulted in an eleventh place finish. But since then, she has posted three of the strongest seasons in her career. The patience and perseverance she has shown in her sport are also apparent in her studies at DeVry.
Taking one or two courses a semester, fitting her classes around her training and competition schedule, Stacey is single-mindedly on track to earn her diploma. "You don't go from beginner to top of the world in a matter of five days. It takes time, and so does college," says Stacey. Much like alpine skiing, "Don't look too much at the end. Look at what you need to do right now, and occasionally glance at the end so you see if you're obtaining your goal. But what is right in front of you right now is what you have to focus on."
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