Jessica Cooper

MBA, Class of 2014

"I’m proud to say I went back to school for me, to prove to myself that I could do it."

I enlisted in the Navy right after graduating from high school in 1985. During my 20 years on active duty, I married another active-duty sailor, who was deployed 80 percent of the time. We transferred to many duty locations over the 20 years, but we were lucky enough to always be stationed together. Needless to say, I have attended many colleges to earn my undergraduate degree, pooling classes together to finally confer my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Southern New Hampshire University in January 2004.

I was the first in my family to ever obtain a degree of any kind. My daughter obtained her degree in psychology, joined the Navy recently and began talking about getting her master’s degree. That is when I thought, “Why not me?” My biggest concern was that I wouldn’t do well enough as far as my GPA went, because I just scraped by most of the time while pursuing my BS. But I no longer had young kids at home, and I had matured immensely. So I’m proud to say I went back to school for me, to prove to myself that I could do it. I’ve impressed myself by how well I’ve done!

SNHU has been a great experience and has come such a long way with their online education. I would like to point out that math has always been my least favorite subject. However, in my MBA program, my favorite class was MBA-501 Math and Statistics for Business with Professor Vlad Dolgopolov as my instructor. He made this class so understandable and used many up-to-date teaching and meeting aides. I appreciated him for that! I never in a million years dreamed I would go back to school to obtain my MBA, and I’m so glad I did!