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Every Day is a Gift

Many people keep a list of activities they’d like to do or places they’d like to visit before they die. This is often referred to as a bucket list because it organizes the goals one would like to accomplish before “kicking the bucket.”

Peggy Dunn has one of those lists. She started it during treatment for stage IV cancer and before knowing whether or not she would live long enough to do any of the things she listed. When she finally left the hospital in 2000, she had 125 items on the list; 10 years later, she has only seven goals left to accomplish.

One of her goals was met in May of 2010, when she walked across the stage during the UIS commencement ceremony for her master’s degree in history. She also has three degrees from Southern Illinois University: a bachelor’s in biology and botany; a bachelor’s in administrative justice and social welfare; a master’s in rehabilitation counseling. She earned her teaching certificate through UIS as well as a master’s in education. Her quest for knowledge has taken her to the Urbana campus, too, where she’s completed coursework for her PhD in education. In response to the question of what kept her returning to school, she said, “I probably had a lifetime of questions that I just wanted the answers to. And one of the ways I was able to get those answers was by going to college.”

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