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Michelle Belden

MBA Forensic Accounting, Class of 2016

"I took my first class, online, and I love the flexibility that I have."

I am a single mom of a six- and seven-year-old, and I work full-time to support them. This alone is one of the hardest obstacles that I have had to overcome. I went to school for my bachelor’s and it was hard to fit in with my lifestyle. I graduated in 2009 with my bachelor's degree, and this was my first success. I liked the investigative side of criminal justice classes I took as electives in my bachelor's degree. So in 2013, I looked into getting my designation in forensic accounting and came across SNHU.

I like the idea of going online because I have two children and a busy schedule. So I talked to a representative at SNHU, and she told me that if I got the designation for forensic accounting that it would count towards my master’s degree. I thought, are you kidding me I can't go back for my master’s with two kids while working full-time, but, hey — why not try. I took my first class, online, and I love the flexibility that I have. I am currently in my fourth class toward my master’s in forensic accounting and doing very well. It's all about discipline and managing my time.