Jessica Ross

BA Psychology - Mental Health, Class of 2017

"I am proud of my education, grades and ambition to finish what I started."

I graduated high school in 1999. I was a B to C student. I was in school for the social aspects, not for my grades. After graduating, I became engaged and started my family. I have two children, a daughter who is 12 and a son who is 10. Before deciding to go back to college, I worked at a local bank and took a few classes there, but banking was not for me, so I started a job in customer service. I decided a few years ago that I wanted to do more with my life. I wanted to show my children what could be accomplished with an ounce of ambition and perseverance.

In the course of enrolling here at SNHU, I have gone through many ups and downs, but I continue with my goals and schooling because I know I can do it. I started at a small community college in Maine, but despite all the support of the professors, I didn’t find that my needs were being met very well. I had taken several classes and never once talked to my advisor. So I enrolled at SNHU. At first, I had no idea what I wanted or where I wanted to go, but I knew I wasn’t happy with a potentially dead-end job in customer service.

I thought about nursing and teaching, but finally decided on psychology when my then husband admitted to an addiction problem and went into rehab at the end of 2012. I met some wonderful counselors and some wonderful people in his program that inspired me. I decided I wanted to be an addiction counselor. I weathered the sobriety train for fifteen months before my husband and I decided we couldn’t stay married. Despite all the storms my children and I have been through the last couple of years, I am proud of my education, grades and ambition to finish what I started, even if it is taking just one class at a time for the next three years or so.