University of Southern Maine: Profiles in Persistence - Mary Swanson '21

She dropped out of high school at 16. Joined the U.S. Marine Corps at 17. Got her GED and took some community college classes as her military career spanned the United States and Japan. She had two children. Left the military.

Had an identity crisis.

"When I got out, I just kind of thought, 'If I'm not a sergeant, what am I?'" she said.

This spring, Swanson, 29, will be a USM graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and plans to attend law school. She hopes one day to become a judge.

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