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Helenita Gorman

BS Business Studies in Marketing, Class of 2017

"Working full-time while going to school is a challenge, but the SNHU staff and faculty are really committed to help students succeed."

I am a medical laboratory scientist. I like my job, but writing is my heart and soul. I have been writing stories since I was 12 years old. I am enrolled in the MA in English and creative writing program. My dream is to become a novelist. I want to create stories that have memorable characters and scenes that will stir emotions.

Working full-time while going to school is a challenge, but the SNHU staff and faculty are really committed to help students succeed. I’m lucky to have a wonderful advisor, Jennifer Robie. She’s very helpful and encouraging. She’s very knowledgeable and answers my questions in a timely manner. I work nights, so our communication is mostly through emails, but we also keep in touch by phone when possible. My teachers have been great so far, and they’re very supportive.

Other online resources are available like the Shapiro Library. It’s very convenient and accessible. I can research for my paper at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning. Although these resources are available, I also have to do my part. Time management is extremely important as well as advocating for myself. I don’t hesitate to ask questions when the assignments or lessons aren’t clear. I keep a calendar and to-do list to schedule my reading and writing assignments, study time, research project tasks as well as my personal time. It’s a careful balancing act. I never thought it was possible to work full-time and go to graduate school at the same time, but I hear so many people do it. I figured if they can do it, then so can I. It’s challenging work, but I know it’s all worth it in order to achieve my dream.