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John Tardy

BS Information Technologies - Network & Telecom, Class of 2020

"Going back to school will help me to advance in my career."

I am 36 years old, married, employed full-time and have an eight-month-old little girl. I am attending SNHU on a part-time basis to earn my BS in Computer IT. After high school, college did not work out. As time went on, real life got in the way, and I was never in a financial place to go back to school. It haunted me over the years knowing that I may never have a real career because I did not have a college degree. Going back to school was always in the back of my mind, but how was I going to afford it on an entry-level salary? So I put it off and that was that.

Roughly two-and-a-half years ago, I started seeing the commercials for SNHU on TV. Being from New Hampshire originally, I knew it was an actual brick-and-mortar school and not a for-profit university, so I requested some information. Once I received it, I discussed the possibility of going back to school with my wife (at the time, fiancée), and she was very supportive, even though we knew it would take time, since I would be starting from scratch. I have the added benefit of tuition reimbursement from my company, so that made the financial decision even easier. Going back to school will help me to advance in the career I enjoy, and will also fulfill my urge of finally earning my education. My eight-month-old little girl has ignited my passion to earn my degree even more. I want to be a father she can be proud of, and show her that school is important and you are never too old to achieve your dreams.