Angela Lehoux

BS Healthcare Management, Class of 2016

"SNHU was not only affordable, but seemed to have the set of courses I would need for healthcare management where I am working now."

I married at a very young age. I didn't want a career; I just wanted to be a mom and a wife. I didn't give much thought as to how I would accomplish that and how the bills would get paid. I was young, naive and wanted the fairytale. Long story short, we did have two beautiful boys, but the fairytale did not end with "happily ever after." After a ten-year marriage, it ended in an ugly divorce. I spent the next ten years of my life rebuilding. During those years, I made two very important decisions. I came to realize Jesus loves me and wants to be a part of my life, so I chose Him. The second, I got remarried to a wonderful, supportive man, who helped me get my life back together and raise the boys. The last thirteen years certainly haven’t been easy, but I wouldn’t trade either relationship for anything in the world.

Over this past summer, I saw a commercial for SNHU while I was visiting my brother in Chicago. Not only was I surprised to see a commercial for SNHU on a Chicago TV station, but I also was surprised to see pictures of the campus in Manchester. I’ve only ever driven by the Nashua satellite campus on route 101A. It’s not much of a campus there. More like a building and a parking lot. So, I didn’t realize there was more to SNHU than met the eye. Over the next month or so, I just kept thinking about going back to school. I began to realize that in just two years, my youngest son would be graduating high school, and life for my husband and I would begin to look very different.

I currently work as a medical records coder. I’ve been certified for many years. I work from home with flexible hours, and I love what I do. However, I’ve been thinking that I would like to move into more of a managerial position. I do have an associate degree in liberal arts that I earned in 2006. Most of my core courses could be transferred in. I figured it probably wouldn’t take me that long to earn my bachelor’s degree, so why not look into it. I looked into three different online schools. SNHU was not only affordable, but seemed to have the set of courses I would need for healthcare management where I am working now. The admissions process was easy. All of my questions were answered. Much to my surprise, I qualified for financial aid. I also discovered there is tuition reimbursement through work. The courses are online; I work from home, set my own hours and my family is willing to help out with anything that needs to be done, so I can go back to school. I was out of excuses. So far, the courses I have taken have been very interesting and have really helped me learn about the major I'm pursuing. They have even taught me some things about myself, too. It takes self-discipline and time management, of course, to accomplish the course work, but very doable. The professors have been available for questions and are so supportive and encouraging. I have to say, this is the best college experience I have ever had! The courses are set up for you to succeed. I enjoy being able to do problems in statistics over again and again until I get them right. Technology allows that to happen. You definitely get out of it what you put into it.

I am very proud to be a part of SNHU! One of these days, I have to get to the campus, so I can buy a sweatshirt. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this school!