Time management expert: how this Madison mom works full time, gets her master’s + ballroom dances


Time management skills allow this Madison mom to ballroom dance
Evette Burleigh is the walking definition of a lifelong learner. (Village Fox Media / Hville Blast)

This Madison mom does it all.

Meet Evette Burleigh—a mother of three and grandmother of one with amazing time management skills. She works full-time for the state, studies to get her master’s degree and still has time for some fascinating hobbies.

However, it hasn’t always been easy for Evette—read on to learn how she’s become a time management expert + how you can become one too.

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She went back to school to provide for her family

Furthering her education hasn’t been easy, but it’s always been worth it. (Village Fox Media / Hville Blast)

As a mom of three, Evette knows how to be resourceful and resilient. In 2007, when her husband passed, she went back to school to finish her bachelor’s degree to provide for her family.

However, her interest in education is not only practical—Evette prides herself in being a lifelong learner. After successfully raising her three children, Evette felt called to obtain her master’s degree.

That’s why she knew the timing was perfect when her inbox dinged with an email showing her how much money she could save at The University of North Alabama (UNA).

“I was already thinking about continuing my education and getting a master’s degree in writing. So, as soon as I got the email, I saw it as a sign. I looked into it and found out all the requirements. It was quite easy—I got enrolled and will graduate August 2023.”

Evette Burleigh

If you’re an Alabama state employee and have been looking for a sign to continue your education, this is it—apply today!

She saves money by getting her master’s degree from UNA

Evette gets to live and work in Madison while getting a top notch master’s degree from UNA. (Village Fox Media / Hville Blast)

Because of UNA’s partnership with the Alabama State Personnel Department (SPD), Evette receives a significant scholarship and doesn’t have to take out loans.

She currently works for the Department of Labor, but she has always loved writing. In her free time, she crafts poems and works on an evolving mystery novel.

UNA’s online master degree programs give her the flexibility she needs to pursue graduate work in Technical Writing while maintaining her hours at her full-time position.

Are you a state employee ready to turn that hobby into a career? Apply to UNA today!

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She still has time for all her favorite hobbies

Evette and her boyfriend love dancing at the Madison Ballroom. (Village Fox Media / Hville Blast)

When she’s not crunching numbers or completing coursework, Evette is studying Hebrew, practicing the keyboard and ballroom dancing.

She’s an expert in time management—she gets to enjoy her favorite hobbies all while furthering her career.

“I study Hebrew on an app that plays the audio through my car. I typically utilize my driving time to do my lesson. It all comes down to time management, and being able to do my classes online makes it so much easier.”

Evette Burleigh
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Learn more about UNA’s partnership with Alabama SPD

Evette gets to study at Honest Coffee in Madison because of UNA’s flexible programs. (Village Fox Media / Hville Blast)

Through UNA’s partnership with the Alabama SPD, full-time state employees—who have been with an organization for 1 year or more—may be eligible for a 33% tuition scholarship.

Flexibility is UNA’s priority—if you’re ready to save money, take your career to the next level and still have time for your favorite hobbies, apply today!

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