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Kerri Schroeder

BA Sociology, Class of 2014

"I am going to earn my degree, and I was proud of myself because I had the drive and determination to know this was what I wanted."

I had been toying with the idea of going back to school for a while and wanted to do it, but I wasn't sure it was something that I could handle. I am a mother, and a full-time employee, and the thought of adding schoolwork to that was scary to me because I didn't want to start something that I couldn't finish — failing wasn't an option.

So, the Tuesday before Labor Day, I picked up the phone and called SNHU. I got connected to Matt who was so helpful and patient with me. I explained my thoughts and my fears and he told me that with online classes I could do the work at my own pace, there was no scheduled class time, but as long as the assignments were turned in timely, then I could work on them as I had time that fit into my busy schedule. I thought to myself — I can do this, and I asked him what I needed to do. He told me in those couple of days there were multiple things that needed to be done: I needed to get my transcript, apply for financial aid, order my books and mentally prepare for this new adventure that I was taking on. He advised, that since this was new to me that I should register for one class, see how it went, and if I thought I could take on more the next semester, I could take two classes. I decided I am going to start with two classes, and if it is too much, then I will cut down. I was going all in!

I got my transcript, applied for financial aid, registered for classes and ordered my books (which didn't come in until after classes started since I registered so late), so I was already panicking! I logged into the first class and did my icebreaker assignment; I explained at that moment this was my first online class, and that I was nervous, hadn't received my books yet, and that I didn't know what to expect and was just hoping to pass the classes. Everyone was so supportive, interactive, and helpful through the classes. This is not what I expected at all ... but I am so glad this is how it was! I ended up getting A's in those first classes!

I knew within the first couple weeks that I was going to do this; I am going to earn my degree, and I was proud of myself because I had the drive and determination to know this was something that I wanted, and I was going to do it and do it well! It has been a lot of work, a lot of stress, and a huge commitment, but I have learned so much and have had fun! Even though it has taken me a long time to earn my degree, I have finally done it; I set my mind to something and achieved the goal I had set for myself. I have had to make sacrifices to get me where I am today, but I have realized that I am a positive role model for my daughters. You are never too old to set a goal and achieve it!