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Tanya Maxwell

BA Creative Writing & English - Fiction, Class of 2014

"I never dreamed I would go after a master’s degree, but one thing is for sure—I only want to do it with Southern New Hampshire University."

My story is full of ups and downs just like everyone else. I became a mother just before seventeen years of age, making me step into the real world a lot sooner than expected. I dropped out of school, found a job and focused on raising my son. Fast-forward several years, and I am now a wife and a mother of four wonderful children. When it comes to family — life has been great — but something was missing.

That missing piece was discovered when I opened up the cover of a book: a desire to write. This gave me a whole new look on life and new goals that I wanted so badly to achieve. My goal is to become a successful young-adult author, but I do not want to write just any old story. I want to be successful at it. I want to achieve my best.

In order to fully succeed, I knew I had to obtain a college degree to reach my goals. After a few months of studying, I acquired my GED and then enrolled in college in the year 2010. College has been one of the best experiences of my life. It both challenges and encourages me. I am just a couple weeks away from receiving my bachelor’s degree in creative writing - fiction, at Southern New Hampshire University.

It has been an exciting adventure, but not one I did alone. God has blessed me with the ability to maintain excellence throughout each term. My family and friends have supported my dreams and encouraged me. The advisors at Southern New Hampshire University have guided me through each term and are always there when I call. My experiences with each of my professors has strengthened my skills and taught me new ones — just one of those amiss and I would not be where I am today.

At the end of this month, I will finish my four-year degree and will have succeeded at maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout. I am excited to hold that diploma in my hands, but my journey is not over yet. I have been accepted into Southern New Hampshire University’s Master of Fine Arts in Fiction and Nonfiction (MFA) program. I never dreamed I would go after a master’s degree, but one thing is for sure—I only want to do it with Southern New Hampshire University. It has proven to be a school above all the rest.