Linda Seeley said she hated high school. She had no intentions of attending college, she said. She made a career doing office work, and she had great jobs, she said. But depression and a doctor's suggestion inspired the 1971 Fairbury High School graduate to go back to school. In December she graduated from Southeast Community College in Beatrice with honors.
Seeley's husband, Alan, died in a car accident in 2010, which lead to her depression, she said. During a doctor's appointment she was encouraged to take a college class to give herself something else to think about.
“I hate school,” Seeley recalled telling the doctor.
But then, she decided, she had been doing office work her whole life, so maybe taking office professional classes wouldn't be too bad, she said.
“This ought to be easy,” Seeley said she remembers thinking.
In June 2012 she began her first class.