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Paige Levang

BA Psychology - Child & Adolescent Development, Class of 2015

"I came across SNHU, and I have never regretted my decision in choosing this school."

I grew up in the state of Washington with my mom, dad, three brothers, and our dog. I was taught by example. My dad had a kid when he was 18. Although times were tough, he went to school full-time, worked full-time, and was a dad. With too much on his plate, and his first marriage ending, he had to quit school and started working for the union with his father at the construction company he worked at. My dad has now been at that job, ever since, working his way up as far as he could go, providing for our family every step of the way and beyond anything we could imagine. My mom grew up in a poor family. She was offered a soccer scholarship to a university, but had to turn it down because her family could not pay the difference, and she didn't have the help that she needed in order to get there. She chose to go to beauty school when my parents met and married. She finished beauty school and has been doing that now for over twenty years. Growing up, we were taught to have a good work ethic, work for what we wanted, and we were taught to know the value of money.

When my oldest brother reached his junior year in high school, he went into a program the local community college offered called, Running Start, and later my other brothers and I did as well. Running Start gave me the opportunity to go strictly to the community college for the last two years of high school, allowing me to work on my high school diploma and my associate degree at the same time. God willing, I graduated high school with my associate degree right alongside my high school diploma, after rigorous junior and senior years to complete that accomplishment. During those years at the community college, I worked and went to school full-time. I bought a brand new car, paid my own car insurance, phone bill, and gas money. My parents paid for things that were necessary for them to pay for, but taught me how to use my money wisely so that I knew how to be smart with it. I've been on a budget now for several years to keep my bills and money in line, helping in my success with money. This has allowed for many travel opportunities, paying for my college all on my own, and saving money in more ways that I ever thought I could on my own. Right after I finished high school I chose online schooling because of the freedom it gave me to work full-time while I went to school, allowing me to pay for my own college. For me, it's worked out better than I ever thought.

I came across SNHU, and I have never regretted my decision in choosing this school. They have been more than supportive in helping me achieve my dreams and finish my degree. I am 20 years old and have one year left until I graduate with my bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development. I have a passion for children, and I cannot wait to see where my degree will take me. In my dream of being a mom, I know already how much I have learned that will help me one day when I become a mom. For the sake of my future family that I will create one day, I have worked hard in achieving my dreams, so I can help them achieve their dreams. I want to be able to provide for my family and teach them all the wonderful lessons that my parents have taught me. I couldn't be more happy with how they chose to raise us kids, and I look back at how far I've come at such a young age, and stand in awe at the gratefulness in my heart for the success that I have had. I hope to continue to encourage others in the walk to success in every aspect of their life even on the hard days. There is an end in sight and through lots of work — you can get there!