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Kelyn Rowe

BA Communication

"No matter how much is going on in your life, there's always time to go back to school and do the things you love. It’s about finding a balance."

When I became a professional soccer player, I had to leave college to pursue my career. That was difficult for me and for my parents especially. Now as an online student at Southern New Hampshire University, I'm able to still pursue and succeed in my professional sport and go back to school and finish my degree.

My life is a bit of a rollercoaster. I can be on a plane one weekend and home in 24 hours. It's really hard to be on campus with that kind of schedule. My mornings are taken up with work, and sometimes I have an event in the afternoon, so I only have one or two hours throughout the day to really focus and get some studying done. That’s why online education is perfect for my life. It's on your own time. I found I focus best in coffee shops — I put some headphones in, watch lectures, read articles and write.

SNHU has been the most helpful university I've been to, whether it’s getting my transcripts from other universities, finding classes I’m interested in, or making sure I have all the right materials and that I knew how to use the online platform. I've never been so stress-free going into college and being able to work through each problem on the phone, on the computer — whatever it may be — in a split second. It’s been the easiest transition I've ever had.

No matter how much is going on in your life, there's always time to go back to school and do the things you love — it's about finding a balance. Soccer may further may career, but education and a degree from Southern New Hampshire University is going to further my life.