Woman says life turned around once she went back to school at 35
Krista (Meadus) Koerner speaks German fluently and has visited or lived in 122 cities in 18 countries. But all her life experience didn’t make it any easier to go back to school at age 35 to earn her high school diploma.
Krista Koerner with her 10-year-old daugther, Keara Burns. Photo by Danette Dooley/Special to The Telegram
“It was helpful in that I was a little more confident because of my knowledge about the world, but it didn’t make doing math or algebra any easier,” Koerner said during a recent interview at her St. John’s home.
The single mother has not only finished high school, she also recently graduated from the College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) three-year business management accounting program.
“You can do anything if you put your mind to it. And if one person reading this story decides to go back to school, then that will be excellent." Krista Koerner
Born and bred in St. John’s, “the lure of money” saw her drop out of school as a teenager.
After living in other countries for much of her adult life, she moved back to St. John’s in 2005 with her daughter, Keara.
Koerner knew the first step towards a comfortable life was to finish high school.