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Ms. Waldorf graduated summa cum laude with a GPA of 3.97 when she completed her degree in literature in English in 2003. She received the Robert P. Mahoney Award at Excelsior's Commencement in 2003. This award recognizes a student who completes a degree in the face of significant challenges, and who demonstrates a dedication to community and volunteer service. Waldorf came from a home-educated background and is the oldest of ten children. She completed her degree entirely through credit-by-exam and independent study.
Excelsior College exams and correspondence courses gave her the opportunity to complete her degree while remaining at home with her family. Since completing her degree, Waldorf has been employed as assistant manager for Dale's Foods in Warren, Minnesota. She also does freelance writing and editing, and is currently working on her first novel. She remains an active volunteer in her church and community.