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Christina Hart

BA Creative Writing & English, Class of 2014

"As I near graduation, I am 100 percent certain that I made the right choice by attending this school and switching gears."

I always knew I wanted to get a degree, although the road here has been a long and curvy one. I started out in 2006 attending a local community college. After that, I took a little break, then decided to go to a different college for fashion design. I’m the type of person who has a lot of hobbies and a few passions. I’ve always had a creative streak, and while I loved writing more than anything, I listened to people tell me I couldn’t make a career of it. Somewhere along the line I decided not to listen anymore. I asked myself if there was one thing I could do in this world, what would it be? The answer was simple: I’d write.

I’d already self-published three books, and it was dawning on me that this passion was something that had lived inside of me since I was a little girl, and probably would live inside me for the rest of my life. It was then that I decided to change my path, and I started looking for schools that offered creative writing and English as a major. It was by chance and perhaps destiny that I stumbled onto Southern New Hampshire University’s online program. I immediately applied, and upon being accepted, I felt as if the world had finally opened up for me.

It’s been a truly wonderful experience here. The professors have been encouraging and insightful, giving substantial feedback on papers and discussions. Though the classes were challenging, and some (like math) were quite difficult, I’ve learned more here than I have in any other institution I’ve attended. My academic advisors have been teachers and mentors for me as well. And I’m grateful to them for being there for me every step of the way. As I near graduation, I am 100 percent certain that I made the right choice by attending this school and switching gears. I’d encourage everyone to follow his or her dreams, despite the fact that it may be challenging. It takes courage to do what you love, and it takes even more to do it honestly.