Finishing her education at Dalton State College is so important to Nubia Ruiz, she chose to live apart from her husband for the first year of their marriage.
The high school sweethearts wed in November of 2015 after Ruiz had already been accepted into her cohort for the School of Education. Her husband, Pablo, is in the Navy, stationed in San Diego.
Ruiz knew it was a temporary sacrifice, and one that was necessary for her future plans to teach in the Whitfield County area.
Nothing is impossible. If something is hard, I will find a way to figure it out, she said. I love Dalton. I grew up here. I went all the way through school here. This is where I want to live and work. I wanted to go to school and do my student teaching in the area I would become a teacher. It has been hard being away from my husband. I visit him every chance I get. He has less than a year left on his contract with the Navy, and then hell come back here to live.
Ruiz graduates today with her bachelors degree in early childhood education.
Though Ruizs parents never went to college, they emphasized the ...