Cindy Downes – Mother/Student/Freelance Writer

Posted: October 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

It was in my writing class at the Oklahoma State University Tulsa that I first met an interesting and exceptional, journalism student, Cindy Downes.  Dr. Lori McKinnon was our professor at that time.  Cindy sat in the front of the class.  She was attentive to everything and everyone. 

We actually shared 2 classes that semester.  The other class was a public relations management class, same professor.   We are now in a social media class together.  We learn about all kinds of media applications, NING, WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook to name a few.

Getting to know Cindy isn’t very difficult.  She enjoys engaging in conversation and has plenty of experience to draw from.  She started a writing career later in life, and decided to go back to school at age 57.  She got her daughter to go back to school at the same time.  Cindy wrote a blog about the story.  The popular television show, Good Morning America, caught wind of the story and did a feature about it for the show.

It is an interesting story.  If you want to know more about Cindy, she has a Web site full of wonderful information about her history of her Cindy Downeswriting career, her book, education, online classes, writing lessons, and more.  To access her Web site, click on  She will be starting a new Web site for 2010 about homeschooling.  Click here to read more.  If you are homeschooling children, you may want to take her online survey.

On her Web site, she shares about her professional and personal experiences with writing.  She is an inspiration to those of us who start a huge endeavor later in life.

Cindy graduates after this fall semester is over.  It is fun to watch this passionate writer finally get to the end of her degree in journalism and broadcasting at OSU.  I admire her persistence and dedication to reach her goals.

In one of her blogs, she writes, “If you’re thinking about going back to college later in life, do it. It’s worth it for the experience of hanging out with the younger students. They’ll keep you young!”

She has a “go-for-it” attitude.  It is apparent through what I have seen, that whatever Cindy Downes puts her mind to, she will accomplish.

  1. Cindy Downes says:

    You are too sweet, Kathy. Thank you for your kind words.

  2. kathynygaard says:

    You’re welcome. It’s obvious that you’ve worked very hard to get to where you are today.

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