Hollins University student Sharon Mirtaheri of Salem may be on the verge of seeing her moment of “Aha” become part of a national television advertising campaign.
Mirtaheri’s moving story of how she went to college for the first time at age 46 (and today, four years later, is about to earn her degree) is one of 75 semifinalists in Mutual of Omaha’s “Aha Moment” tour, a nationwide search for the most inspiring examples of what the insurance company describes as “a moment of clarity, a defining moment where you gain real wisdom – wisdom you can use to change your life.”
From October 1 – 15, Mutual of Omaha is asking the general public to go online at www.ahamoment.com/vote and pick their favorite moments from among the 75 submissions. The top 25 will move on to the final round of voting, which ends on October 31; the top ten vote getters will appear in the company’s TV commercials during 2010.
Mirtaheri recorded her “aha moment” in June when the tour’s video crew visited Roanoke. Her story was one of more than 1,000 collected over the spring and summer from 25 tour stops across the country, and can be seen at www.ahamoment.com/pg/moments/view/3868.
Mirtaheri enrolled in Hollins’ Horizon program after working for 30 years as a hair stylist, and is majoring in studio art and creative writing. Established in 1974, Horizon is designed to meet the special needs of adult women who are returning to college or attending college for the first time. For more information about the program, visit www.hollins.edu/admissions/horizon/index.shtml.