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Caitlin Carey

BA Public Administration, Class of 2015

"My classes were very challenging — in fact, I've written more papers over the past few months than ever before!"

I transferred into SNHU in the fall of 2013, after completing my associate degree. I came into it with a preconception about online education as being less difficult and ultimately worth less than a traditional brick-and-mortar education. Nonetheless, SNHU was very affordable, so I enrolled in my first classes. Immediately, every presumption that I had made about online education was disproven. My classes were very challenging — in fact, I've written more papers over the past few months than ever before!

For the sociology of social problems class, I decided to write my final research paper about homelessness. While writing this paper, I realized how passionate I was about this issue and decided that this is where I wanted to build my career. I submitted a copy of this very research paper along with my résumé to a homeless service provider which utilized the Housing First model; the very same solution that I had proposed in the conclusion to my paper — and I got the job!

Furthermore, one of my professors spent over two hours on the phone with me the other day offering advice on my plans for graduate school. I am hoping to earn a doctoral degree in either public policy or social policy. I have begun to think of the many papers that I have been writing for my classes here at SNHU as training for my dissertation. I have gotten so much out of my time at SNHU, and I am very grateful!