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Christy Breede

BS Business Studies in Human Resource Management, Class of 2014

"My academic advisor, James, is more than just an ordinary advisor because he was also my cheerleader through all this."

I am a single mother of three boys, and also a mother/aunt to a three-year-old great niece. I live 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh, PA and work as a full-time office manager at Capital Asset Protection, Inc. I had gotten my associate degree in criminal justice in 2007, with aspirations to go back to school to be a juvenile probation officer. So I took a part-time job with the company I’m currently with now. I moved up to a full-time dispatcher within a few months, then found myself in the corporate office, after a year; first as a telemarketer and scheduler, then as a regional manager. The traveling was too much on my kids, though, and I had to step down. I went back to being a guard for a little while, and then got called back to the corporate office to help out with hiring. I was offered the position of bookkeeper after a couple of months, and then moved up to office manager a few months after that. I decided I liked the position so much that I wanted to learn more about human resource management, which is how I found myself taking courses at Southern New Hampshire University.

I work hard, and I get frustrated, but I have loved every minute of it. I have found that my academic advisor, James, is more than just an ordinary advisor because he was also my cheerleader through all this. And without that support, I think it would have been a lot harder for me. I believe the struggle of being a full-time mom, full-time employee and full-time college student is well worth every minute. I am showing my kids that even though life is a struggle, if you work at it, you can succeed and be whatever you might want to be.