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Building Healthy Marriages as a Foundation for Families

NC State Alumna Rebekah Torres Tolson is the coordinator of married life for the Diocese of Raleigh.

Tolson began her journey helping people in 2014 when she enrolled in NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) online master’s program in youth, family and development.

“CALS at NC State University allowed me to find my calling and pursue a graduate degree in a field that I have come to love,” Tolson said.

Rebekah Torres Tolson

Tolson said she received a lot of support from her professors throughout the course of the program.

“The professors encouraged me to try new things and develop my ideas,” Tolson said. “The CALS program has allowed me to apply what I learned in the classroom to experiences in my work with clients and even assisting colleagues with information and referrals,” she added.

In addition to earning a Master of Science in Youth, Family and Community Sciences, Tolson also earned a Graduate Certificate in Youth Development and Leadership. She completed both programs through NC State Online and Distance Education.

As with many online programs, it’s up to the students to have the self-discipline to complete the assigned coursework and to manage their time. For Tolson, it was about getting as much out of the program as possible.

Tolson’s advice to other online students, “You get out of it what you put into it.”

Tolson has been out of the program for about four months, but she already misses the insightful discussions with professors and classmates.

“I am grateful for the CALS program for leading me where I am today and providing me with information and motivation to seek a career using my best talents,” Tolson added.

The program has proven to be applicable to Tolson’s personal life with her family and marriage.

“I now have a desire to assist others with building strong healthy marriages as a foundation for families,” she said.

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