Amber Evans

BA Game Design & Dev. - Storytelling & Support Arts, Class of 2014

"From the very start, SNHU has been so helpful."

I did not always plan on going to SNHU. I was attending a university close to my very small hometown. Then I started getting sick during the fall of 2012. I didn’t go to the doctor because I didn’t have insurance, and I was sure it was going to go away. It didn’t. Spring of 2013, it was starting to get really hard to attend class, and get homework done. And my professors wouldn’t work with me at all. I finally went to the doctor, having no idea this would be the start of over a year of doctor visits. I was diagnosed with many different things, and prescribed many different medications. By the end of the spring semester, I knew I couldn’t go back to the university because I was feeling so sick. I have had stomach issues since I graduated high school in 2010, but I never thought much of it. Then the doctor told me I needed to have my gallbladder removed.

From the very start, SNHU has been so helpful. My admissions advisor did everything she could to make the admissions process easy. I felt like I didn’t have to lift a finger. At my previous university, I had to walk all across campus to get admitted. It was quite a hassle. I was scared to tell my SNHU professors about my health issues, because I thought they would think I was lying to get extra time on homework, but they were so understanding.

I felt better after surgery, but something still wasn’t right. I continued to visit the doctor and try new medications, but nothing was working. I finally had to find a specialist, and I was diagnosed very quickly with gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. I would need surgery to treat it. It was very scary because the surgery sounded so invasive. But it would prevent stomach acid from entering my esophagus. I had to do several endoscopes and tests beforehand.

I told my professors every time I had a procedure. And like before, they were very understanding. They even checked in to make sure I was okay every now and then. Because my surgery was at the very beginning of term four, though, I was scared to tell my professors this time also, because it was the very first week of class. I never asked for extra time to complete assignments before, but this time I really needed to. They gave me extra time, and I was so thankful! I can’t believe I have made it this far without giving up. I wouldn’t have been able to do it at my previous university. I’m so thankful for SNHU. I’m now in remission, and it’s smooth sailing from here!