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Rachel Waugh

MBA Human Resource Management, Class of 2015

"I owe a lot of gratitude to SNHU, its faculty and its staff for giving me the knowledge and direction that I needed to find my professional calling."

I spent my high school and undergraduate years coasting. I learned a lot, but squandered the opportunity. Graduating in 2009 with a lackluster GPA and a liberal arts degree didn't make me the choicest of graduates in the post-recession economy. I spent more time and money at a new university, working toward a more useful bachelor's. But then a professor recommended that my effort would be better put toward a graduate degree. That was an overwhelming prospect for me, but I looked into it and found SNHU.

I liked their values-based message, and decided to take the leap. I was accepted into the program as a probationary student, and I was deathly afraid of failing. But the organizational leadership curriculum lit a fire in me, and for the first time in my academic career, I was becoming focused. Having felt the ill effects of corporate greed and outdated economic models, it was exciting to hear experts advocating for the reforms that I passionately believed in! Flash forward nearly four years, and I have earned an MS in Organizational Leadership, a graduate certificate, and I am in the home stretch of completing my MBA. I owe a lot of gratitude to SNHU, its faculty and its staff for giving me the knowledge and direction that I needed to find my professional calling.