Jennifer’s Story

Jennifer Rineman says she’s most “on fire” when she’s singing. That must be an awesome feeling for a cancer survivor who suffers from anxiety and a mild auditory processing disorder. Jennifer’s overcoming of all that–and self-criticism too–in order to sing is because she found her way to Cosumnes River College (CRC) and is now following her dream: majoring in music and classical voice.

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Jennifer had always regretted not finishing her degree, a task she started in the early ‘90s after high school and tried to work on over the years. The cancer diagnosis in 2015 brought on the motivation she needed to finally get it done. Jennifer wondered though if her age would be a barrier and if she would “fit in.” To Jennifer’s relief, the students and instructors accepted her from the start and are fantastic. CRC, she says, is like a family.

Now her plan is to go on and get a Bachelor of Music degree, possibly a master’s and even a doctorate so to teach at the college level. She will also enjoy a career performing and teaching private lessons. Jennifer cautions young students tempted to postpone college. It does get harder to go once you have a full-time job and a family, she warns. But as Jennifer will attest, if college will lead to a job you really want, you can make it work. It’s never too late to start or go back to college.

I always regretted not finishing my degree. But it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with breast cancer that I realized life is too short to not follow your dreams.

– Jennifer Rineman, Cosumnes River College

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