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Endre Joseph

BA English Language & Literature, Class of 2017

"I was finally walking on a path to success, one in which I will never deviate from, ever again."

In January of 2013, I enrolled myself at SNHU as an English major pursuing a bachelor's degree through the university's online school. A lackluster student in my previous educational endeavors (high school and community college), I tried to put my best foot forward and not take shortcuts. I tried to walk the long, arduous, grueling, muscle-burning and mind-numbing path to glory (graduation) and personal enrichment (degree). But I thought the task to be daunting for me, so I cut corners. I posted my discussion board responses and handed in essays late, forgot to respond to my classmates' weekly posts, and lazily wrote my way through short and final papers.

My first term ended with a B in one class and an F in the other. I must've stared at that F for a week before I finally realized I was going about school all wrong. I don't have to work myself to near and utter exhaustion to be successful; I just had to put in a little more effort than I was before. So I did! And as it turns out, I was right. I started paying attention to my instructors' notes during the week, got early starts and finishes on papers and essays, and always made sure I posted something, anything that was even remotely relevant to the topic in the discussion board. Those minor adjustments that I made paid great dividends, as I finished my third and fourth terms with As and A-s in all four courses!

I was finally walking on a path to success, one in which I will never deviate from, ever again.