CCPS Student Spotlight: Cindy Dennis

LuCinda (Cindy) Dennis sat in a meeting with a television company and pitched her idea of an animated series based off of the children’s books she had created, only to be turned down because she lacked a college degree. That will soon change.

Cindy has now started her fourth year at Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies and will graduate with a degree in English and Psychology.

“No one should write themselves off, because your story’s not written yet,” she said. “You can remake who you are. I returned to college to become a better person.” Cindy started writing children’s books to help children through tough situations, such as abuse and bullying, when her son was in school.

As a stay-at-home mom raising two sons, she never dreamed she would return to school at the age of 50. “My oldest son talked me into going back to school. I was scared,” she said. “Drury was the right decision – I have done well because of the small class sizes and personal attention.”

Cindy’s goal in returning to school was to improve her line of books and find ways to promote them. “Every teacher has embraced my project – and getting their opinions and advice has helped.”

While at Drury, Cindy has edited and added to her books and now has 8 traditional and 22 electronic versions available – and has sold more than 21,000 copies.  She has partnered with Care to Learn and part of the proceeds from every book sale goes directly to a child in need through the nonprofit. Cindy is still diligently working to transform her books into a children’s show.

“Drury has given me the confidence I need – I’m a completely new person.”