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Joseph Wise

BA History, Class of 2016

"It has been an honor, privilege and pleasure to be working with so many excellent instructors, students and staff members of SNHU."

My name is Joseph Wise. I am 21 years old, and I live in Elk Grove, California. I was homeschooled from kindergarten to 12th grade. When California hit a financial crisis, I found myself on waiting lists to get into community college. In the time I waited for classes to open, I earned my first-degree black belt in Kempo Karate, and continued to work hard in other disciplines of martial arts including: Arnis, Kobudo, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and Krav Maga. I also got a job at Savemart in their bakery deli. While working at Savemart, I realized I needed to double my efforts to get into college. I did not want to spend the rest of my life at a dead-end job, making $9.95 an hour, surrounded by cranky co-workers who hated their jobs and each other. I decided that I was done waiting for colleges in California, and began my search for college degrees online. My cousin, Paul Jug, had been studying online to get his college degree in military history through a school called Southern New Hampshire University. So, I figured I’d apply for SNHU. After submitting a brief request form for additional information, I received a phone call literally five minutes later from SNHU’s enrollment office, and was officially accepted three weeks later. I am studying to get my degree in military history, and upon graduating, I plan on joining the United States Marine Corps as an officer, and then trying out for my dream job with MARSOC—Marine Corps Special Operations Command.

I am studying to get my degree in military history because I am a staunch believer that, “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.” I also want to preserve the knowledge and reverence of wars that have been fought in the past by my predecessors, and to learn from their successes and mistakes, so as to have better judgment when my own call of duty—not the stupid video game—is at hand. Along the way in my studies, I have been thoroughly supported by family, and the SNHU faculty 3,000 miles away in New Hampshire. As such, I would like to take this opportunity to thank some people.

First, my mother, who educated me from kindergarten to my high school graduation. Also, thanks to David of SNHU’s call office for responding to my request for additional information five minutes after I had sent it. A special thank you to admissions counselor, Danielle Fei, who helped me get into SNHU. Thank you to my first academic advisor, Amy Warner, who helped me get started. Thank you to my end-game academic advisor, Samantha Couture, without whom I would be completely lost. Special thank you my first instructor, Dr. Daniel White of SNHU-107, who helped me get off to a great start.

Thank you to the Director of Student Success, Matthew Thornton, whose encouraging videos in SNHU-107 made me feel right at home at SNHU. It has been an honor, privilege and pleasure to be working with so many excellent instructors, students and staff members of SNHU. I am now in my second year at SNHU, and I have now started to work on my major. I will continue to push on until I graduate, and I appreciate, from the bottom of my heart, all the support and guidance I have received from everyone at SNHU.