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Candice Evans

MA English & Creative Writing - Nonfiction, Class of 2015

"I am so grateful that there is a program that fits my hectic lifestyle and has allowed me to fulfill my dreams."

My SNHU story is a bit unusual in that I have faced many trials and tribulations while completing my first full year as an online English graduate student. Pursuing a master’s in creative writing with an emphasis on non-fiction writing had been a dream of mine for several years. As a full-time caregiver for both my mother and sister, I found it impossible to simply relax or maybe go catch a film by myself, let alone find the time, strength or inspiration to further pursue my academic goals.

One day, I stumbled across an article that profiled SNHU as being a top-ranking, fast-track, innovative company. As an undergraduate, I double majored in both English and psychology and was looking for a reputable university that fit my needs as an online student. It was this as well as my desire to continue my education, while not shortchanging my personal responsibilities, that led me to apply and be accepted to SNHU’s master’s program. From day one, both SNHU’s professors and advisors have been extremely helpful and supportive of me and my academic goals.

In all honesty, I spent my first day of classes having the second of two emergency surgeries. Although I could have taken a step back and returned the next semester, I felt that my need to succeed and persevere would help carry me through the rough patches. I continued with my semester, but could not have done so without the support and guidance that the SNHU staff and faculty provided me, and for this, I am truly grateful.

During my second semester at SNHU, I experienced the unexpected tragic loss of four family members. Where most would have taken time off, I continued on, for better or worse. There were dark days for me at this time, but just when I stood on the precipice of giving up on myself— as both a writer and an academic—I would receive a phone call from my personal advisor, or an encouraging e-mail from a professor. Not only did they work together to support me as a student, they also showed caring compassion for me as an individual.

I say all of these things in order to say this: If you feel that you are ready to further your education, expand your mind, and invest in “you,” please do not hesitate. As cliché as this may sound, if I can do it, anyone can do it. Personally, I know that many things can be taken from us as individuals, but our minds and the knowledge we gather in order to impart upon others cannot be taken away, and that is priceless.

I look forward to completing my education and earning a master’s degree at SNHU. I am so grateful that there is a program that fits my hectic lifestyle and has allowed me to fulfill my dreams while not compromising the time I dedicate to my familial unit in the process.