Barbara Schanze

BA History - European History

"The advisors and teachers for the COCE program have been beyond phenomenal."

Prior to my decision to attend SNHU, I had a reasonably successful career as a retail manager. I loved my job and the company I worked for, but as the years passed I began to realize that I felt a little stuck (and a lot unfulfilled). That was when I decided I wanted to go back to school. Regardless of implications for my career, I needed to finish the BA I had abandoned fifteen years ago, a personal goal to finish what I'd started and prove to myself that I could still do it.

With the full support of my family, I quit my job and have devoted myself to full-time education since January. It's been something of an adjustment period, but it has been absolutely wonderful. I missed learning. I missed exercising my brain! The advisors and teachers for the COCE program have been beyond phenomenal, both in helping me fill the credits I need, and in being there to answer any random question that I may have. I love my classes, and I am so incredibly glad I made this decision. I now plan on moving on to a master's program after I finish my BA, and I also have the regained confidence that I can succeed in it. I'm very grateful to everyone at who has helped me on this new phase of my life.