Hazel Jones

BA Creative Writing & English - Screenwriting, Class of 2014

"I think that SNHU has really helped me get back on track when it comes to school, and I really appreciate all the teachers."

I can't really say that I've ever enjoyed going to school. I always felt like it was something I had to do because what else was I going to do? I was bullied a lot, so I just never had any fond memories of attending school. I went to an art school, straight out of high school, where I studied film and screenwriting. I had both on-campus and online classes, and it was a private college. I lived in my own condo for a little bit, and I had to rely on myself to go to classes and get my work done while having a job. The job I had was more for fun because my parents still supported me. In fact, I was living in their condo, so I didn't have to pay rent. I found that having a job was a lot more fun than studying, so I worked a lot of hours and did little homework. I did still show up to all my classes, and since those classes were three to six hours long I could do my work in class. For the first year or two, I was able to slide by and pass my classes. I dropped the occasional class, but for the most part, I did okay. My grades did start to slip though. When my grandpa died, I became really depressed and school was the last thing that mattered to me. My grandpa and I were very close, and I loved him more than anything, so I took it extremely hard. Some of my grades were terrible, I was dropping classes left and right, and I kept it a secret from my parents. I eventually decided to do a semester of only online classes.

At my old college, we took four classes for sixteen weeks and since school could never really hold my attention for very long anyways, I started off really well, and then I would start to slip halfway through. I didn't care, and I had no idea why. Then in my third year, I believe it was, I got sick. I was depressed, and I didn't know what was going on with me anymore. I wasn't happy at work anymore —a job I once loved and put before everything, and I just felt like I had no way out. I got to the point where I literally lost control of myself, and I needed help. My parents got me help and I took a semester off from school to get better. I was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and an eating disorder. I quit my job, and I didn't enroll for classes. I just wanted to be left alone.

When the holidays came around, I started thinking about school again. I knew I wanted to finish even though I didn't like it. I also knew that I couldn't go back to my old school, as it was one of the triggers for my disorders. I started searching schools, and I noticed SNHU being advertised on television a lot, so I decided to check it out. I was more interested in finding an online school since I hadn't had the best experiences with on-campus schooling, and because, at the time, I still wanted to be left alone. I looked into different schools, but SNHU online was the best fit for me. They had the creative writing and screenwriting program that I wanted to be in, and they transferred a lot of my credits, so I only needed to be in school for two years instead of three or four which I was glad about.

I think what has made me so successful here at SNHU as opposed to other schools is the fact that I feel supported. My advisor, Nathan Wyckoff, has been with me every step of the way. At my first college, I never had the same advisor twice, and they were never around when I needed them. Nathan has helped me register for classes, he calls to check in or sends me e-mails, and he is very helpful. I think what has also helped me become more successful in school is the fact that I want to finish. I want to write. It is what I love to do, and it makes me happy, so that motivates me to get my assignments done and to stay on top of things in class. My mom also asks me every week if I'm getting my homework done, and that actually helps me out a lot, too.

I think part of what makes me successful is that I am trying to achieve a goal that I want so badly. There are some days when I just don't want to do homework, and that happens to everyone, so I skip that day and do it the next day. I have chosen three days a week that I dedicate to homework and classes, and I stick to those days, and that really works for me.

I think that SNHU has really helped me get back on track when it comes to school, and I really appreciate all the teachers who have taken the time to give me feedback and who have helped me in my school career. The faculty and staff at SNHU are incredible, and I couldn't ask for better. Nathan is the best advisor I have ever had, and I've had many, so I thank him for everything he has done for me and continues to do for me. Knowing that my graduation from college is so close, keeps me motivated to finish strong.