Mom of 6, Formerly in Prison, Earns Master’s Degree — Her 3rd Degree in 5 Years

Margaret Hall

Margaret Hall, a 47-year-old mom from Tempe, Arizona, who has six children, has graduated with a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Prelaw from Arizona State University. She had been convicted of a class C felony and was spent 6 months in federal prison, but now has earned her third college degree in a short 5-year period.

According to 12 News, Margaret initially enrolled at a local community college because she felt intimidated about being a felon. However, after studying hard and earning scholarships, she began feeling more confident and soon transferred to ASU. She says that she was in class every semester for the past 5 years with no summers off and no breaks.

What was her motivation? She was very determined to inspire her children. She comments, "I didn’t want my children to think that was going to be the last chapter of my story." She also shares powerful advice with others who may be in a similar predictament, "It’s not where you start, but it’s where you end up."

As for her future, she says that she wants to start a grant-writing business to help non-profit organizations that help others achieve success.