What is your motivation for obtaining your degree?
I am a 30 year old woman who doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. I do know what I want out of my life. I want freedom. I want to be able to support myself by myself…and also do all the traveling and adventures that make life interesting. Before I started this program, I was working a rewarding, albeit low paying job. I was changing lives, but I couldn’t take care of myself alone. Things got rocky at home and I made some life changing choices. First, I got a new job; second, I got into grad school. I chose a program that seemed the most versatile…since humans are pretty much part of any job anywhere…I decided an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management seemed like a pretty good idea.
Why did you choose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program?
I chose Averett because it’s local. I didn’t want to go to a giant school where I couldn’t get help…or no one would ever know me more than my id number. I wanted to go to a real school. I also didn’t want to have to go to a physical location for class. I know myself, and if I could have skipped class, I would have. I need to be able to sit in my pajamas and get my work done. This was the best option for me. Also – I didn’t have to take my GRE – which let’s be honest, is a burdensome request of a grown adult.
Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Make friends! Find that person in message boards that makes you laugh…you can struggle together…succeed together. Text each other when you are mad (and you will be mad), text each other when you are excited, or when grades post (definitely when grades post). Talk through difficult concepts, teach each other. It can feel very lonely when you are struggling through a class. Having another person who can commiserate is worth its weight in gold. E-learning is 75% teaching yourself complicated things. Sometimes, you just need a peer to work things out with. So I urge you…make friends!
What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
Um…mostly the massive amount of student loan debt. I mean, I can’t fail now! Besides that though, I have a great group of friends that I’ve met at Averett (Yes, I’ve driven out to the middle of nowhere to hang out with my new friends…possibly the only safe way to meet someone on the internet!). We motivate each other…we keep each other on track, and of all the tools that Averett supplies, my friends have been the most important in supporting me and keeping me motivated to succeed.
What is your anticipated Date of Graduation?
Averett University, Class of 2017