Michelle Greenwood

BA Psychology, Class of 2018

"I get to use my education each and every day. I am able to live comfortably. I have benefits."

Ten years ago, I was working two full-time jobs to barely make ends meet. Then I got an interview for a management position that would pay enough to allow me to be comfortable with just one full-time job. But I was told that, while I seemed to be a perfect candidate, they couldn’t hire me because I didn’t have my high school diploma. I’d dropped out of high school and moved across the country when I was just one credit shy of graduation. I was now 29 years old. And I had never learned a trade to support myself like my father had encouraged.

Sick and tired of killing myself and still not making ends meet, I enrolled in a GED program and finished with such high marks I was asked to be a speaker at my graduation. I was so proud that I had come so far, but I was still unsure if I could handle college. After a little persuasion, I mustered the courage to apply to community college. It wasn’t always easy, but I saw my confidence grow, and I continued to improve. After completing several semesters of coursework, I realized I was up for the challenge of a university-level education.

I have grown so much at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). My education has completely changed the opportunities in my life. I now have a Monday through Friday day job in an office where I get to use my education each and every day. I am able to live comfortably. I have benefits. I can afford a new car, and I pay my own way through life. I never thought I would be in a position to buy a new home, and my education has helped me make this possible. I cannot wait to see the bright future that lies ahead of me.