La Toya Callier

BA Creative Writing & English, Class of 2014

"I am so grateful to SNHU, my professors and my terrific advisor, Abby, who has given me so much support."

I began my college education at a California state school in 1996, where I majored in English, with a creative writing option. After working my way through some of school, I was burnt out, and decided to leave to work full-time. I landed a job at Option One Mortgage, where I worked my way up from a receptionist to an account executive in three years.

The years flew by. By 2007, I had firmly decided that I would never find the time to return to school. Then, in 2008, the mortgage collapse happened. And I was left without a career or a degree to secure my future. I lost my material possessions one by one. I needed to reinvent myself, but didn't know where to begin.

After years of dead-end jobs and contract positions, I realized I needed to go back to school. I knew that my former school would not accept any credits over 10 years old, so I would have to start all over again if I went back there. Southern New Hampshire University, on the other hand, would accept almost all of my past credits.

At first, I was nervous about going to school online. But I read nothing but glowing reviews about SNHU, and I liked that it also has a brick and mortar location. After speaking with one of SNHU’s counselors, I was encouraged to apply. SNHU made it possible for me to earn my BA in Creative Writing in exactly a year. I am so grateful to Southern New Hampshire University, my professors and my terrific advisor, Abby, who has given me so much support along the way. Next up: grad school!