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Ryan Keith Abarca

BA Communication, Class of 2014

"I also owe it to the wonderful staff at SNHU that worked with me, and took away the stress of transferring into SNHU campus classes."

I was in the Navy on a submarine for eight years. When I separated, I decided to go to school, since the education benefits were my primary reason for joining. Going back to school after eight years is a really difficult adjustment. I’ve done it while getting married, moving and having a child. I owe my success, first and foremost, to the discipline that I gained from the military, which helped me prepare, focus and push through. I also owe it to the wonderful staff at SNHU that worked with me, and took away the stress of transferring into SNHU campus classes, and to online classes after my son was born. Lastly, and most importantly, I owe my success to my wife who provided me with support to take this path to pursue and finish my degree.