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Lauren Davis

BA Creative Writing & English - Fiction, Class of 2014

"I liked the convenience of online learning, because my job teaching requires a lot of my time and energy."

Ever since I was little, I loved reading and writing. I wrote my first story at the age of eight after getting frustrated by a book that didn’t go the way I wanted it to. Ever since then, I’ve dreamed of becoming a published author. After graduating from a university in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I pursued my career as a secondary English teacher. I write on the side, doing everything in my power to get my work published. I felt, though, that I was lacking something important. I wanted to stand out to prospective publishers, and I still had a lot to learn. I wanted to expand my knowledge in writing, be challenged to accomplish more, improve myself and to think critically about what I was doing.

Despite my desires, I was hesitant about starting something new with the workload I already had to worry about. My husband pushed me in the right direction, which is when I began to research various programs that had creative writing degrees. Although I live in a large metro area, none of the local programs appealed to me. It wasn’t until I found out about SNHU that I realized my dream was within reach. I liked the convenience of online learning, because my job teaching requires a lot of my time and energy. SNHU provided the flexibility I needed to pursue a graduate degree. I gained valuable experience and knowledge both from professors and my classmates. Without this experience, I wouldn't have become a better writer.