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Tiffany Tipton
My student advisor has been extremely helpful in assisting me in goal setting, reaching my goals and planning for success. Tiffany Tipton
Tiffany Tipton
My student advisor has been extremely helpful in assisting me in goal setting, reaching my goals and planning for success.
Tiffany Tipton

My journey on this path called life has been one full of bumps, bruises, and physical and mental anguish. I was a child of a teen mother. I spent most of my childhood in and out of foster homes and group homes. When I turned eighteen, I moved out on my own with no knowledge of the outside world and how my actions would affect not only myself, but those around me.

I found myself in horrible situations involving drug use, alcoholism and domestic violence. I became homeless, lost and confused. When I turned twenty-one, I discovered that I was soon to become a mother. Knowing that I was bringing a child into this world, I had to find some way to vanquish my demons and overcome my life as I knew it.

Now, almost a year-and-a-half later, I am going to school, running my own business and providing for my daughter in ways I had never thought possible. I decided to attend college when I was watching a television show with my daughter. A commercial was playing and it showed children with their mothers on career day. They had such wonderful things to say about their mothers, and the look of pride on their faces hit home. Then a question was asked. "What do you want your children to say about you?"

I certainly didn't want my daughter to take me to school saying "This is my mother and she flips burgers at McDonald's." I instantly began the search for a school that would suit my needs. I knew right away what I wanted to study. My mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I have always been interested in what caused her disorder, and I have always wanted to help others like my mother.

Psychology is my calling, and with a degree, I can possibly help to discover new aspects in the field and possibly even find a cure. SNHU has been amazing for me. My student advisor for my BA in Psychology has been extremely helpful in assisting me in goal setting, reaching my goals and planning for success in all of my classes.

I'm also thankful for how hands-on my professors have been. They're quick to answer any questions that I may have and their feedback is always helpful in advancing my knowledge.

Someone once told me: "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." I use this quote daily, for it is exactly how I am living my life. If it weren't for my past experiences, the love of my daughter, and the help from my professors and my academic advisor, I wouldn't have gotten this far. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

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Danijela Bjelogrlic
I never dreamed of being where I am now, with two master’s degrees and a PhD candidate. Danijela Bjelogrlic
Danijela Bjelogrlic
I never dreamed of being where I am now, with two master’s degrees and a PhD candidate.
Danijela Bjelogrlic

This August will mark 16 years since I came to the U.S. I am thankful and appreciative every day for the opportunity to be here making something out of my life. Today, I am raising two daughters, ages 10 and 8, and I could not think of a better country for them to grow up in. I am pursuing a PhD in International Business at SNHU. My aspiration comes mainly from my children. I want them to grow up knowing that they can do whatever they set their eyes on, and have me, their mother, for motivation when they stumble.

When I think about my upbringing and the education that I had outside the U.S., it just doesn’t compare to the education here. I have had many struggles over the years, in terms of education, and I never dreamed of being where I am now, with two master’s degrees and a PhD candidate. After high school, I completed my BS in Architecture at a local college, where I was given a scholarship. While I was working in an engineering position in 2006, I discussed with my employer the possibility of going back to school and getting my MBA. The idea was not exactly welcomed, but eventually it was supported.

At the time I chose the accelerated program at another local college that would allow me to finish in 21 months. Working full-time, raising two toddlers and going to school was quite a challenge. But I love challenges, and being pushed to my limits. After this degree, I came to SNHU to do it all over again. The professors and courses at SNHU, together with the whole campus experience, created some fond memories.

Graduating with yet another MBA, and having my family cheer me on along the way, was unforgettable. All the hard work paid off. I am now two courses into an SNHU PhD program and loving every minute of it. I know that it will be hard, but I learned that without challenges there is no success, and you are only as good as how hard you fight. The harder you fight, the better you become.

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Brian Reiner
When I found out SNHU offered a master's program in IT, I knew this was my calling. Brian Reiner
Brian Reiner
When I found out SNHU offered a master's program in IT, I knew this was my calling.
Brian Reiner

As a young man, I had my fill of failures, such as school, family and relationships. Before I attended SNHU, I worked in the environmental sciences field. My main task was to take soil samples for testing. It became evident after a few years that there was no room for advancement and that my career was actually just a job. Then, I found an amazing woman who believed in me, and I wanted so much more for us. I knew I wanted to get my master’s degree, but needed to find a school that was right for me and my career goals and that would allow me to work while attending, so I could support myself and my future wife.

In October of 2012, I was visiting my girlfriend’s sister and her husband in Manchester. On a whim, I talked my girlfriend into visiting SNHU’s campus while we were in the area. As we walked the beautiful campus, I wondered about what it would be like as a graduate student at the university. I talked to some students on campus about SNHU online courses. When I found out they offered a master's program in IT, I knew this was my calling. I also knew that SNHU was going to be a great investment.

That Thanksgiving, I proposed to my girlfriend. Then, taking initiative, I quit my job and obtained a position in the technology field, to get my feet wet. Currently, I work for a company in their QA department. My job entails checking the operations of computers’ hardware and software and making certain that all peripherals are working before they are shipped to customers. Risking the security I had in my previous position to take this job was the biggest step towards succeeding in my goals other than enrolling at SNHU.

I am looking forward to returning to SNHU in May of 2015 to walk for the first time since my high school graduation, considering when I graduated from my undergraduate school I lived so far away that I was not able to take time off from work to attend. As my wife told me, “There is no excuse for not going to your graduation this time because the whole family is coming to see you walk and receive a degree you spent a lot of time earning.” Every day when I log in to Blackboard and see the SNHU logo, I realize my wife is right. I never think of SNHU as meaning “Southern New Hampshire University,” but instead “Success is Nothing witHout yoU.”

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Brock Ehlers
I chose SNHU because of the flexibility of the programs they offer. Brock Ehlers
Brock Ehlers
I chose SNHU because of the flexibility of the programs they offer.
Brock Ehlers

After graduating high school, I chose to join the Navy instead of going to college. When I was discharged, life events kept me from realizing my lifelong dream of earning a degree. That changed in 2007 when I decided to take advantage of the time I had to pursue a degree program.

Going back to school was, in part, a personal goal that I wanted to achieve. It also helped me develop a great career in banking and finance. I chose SNHU because of the flexibility of the programs they offer.

Being a single dad with a teenage daughter, a fulltime career and a part-time job, SNHU gave me the flexibility to not only realize my dream of earning my bachelor’s degree in business administration, but also helped me teach my daughter anything is possible with determination and dedication.

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Hedei Arias
I never thought I would go very far in my formal education, let alone be working on my MS in Forensic Accounting. Hedei Arias
Hedei Arias
I never thought I would go very far in my formal education, let alone be working on my MS in Forensic Accounting.
Hedei Arias

It is quite difficult to just start talking about my story when it has barely begun. I've always had a thirst for knowledge, whether it comes from books or from teachers, but I never thought I would go very far in my formal education, let alone be working on my MS in Forensic Accounting.

I have many people to thank, including my parents and my teachers and mentors from high school. If it wasn’t for their persistence and faith in me, I would probably have been another stereotypical statistic for our town. In a quest for the knowledge that moves me, I have come to learn that there are many things I like, but nothing has impacted me or caught my attention as much as law enforcement.

I’ve always had a thing for mysteries. I’ve been reading Nancy Drew books since I was seven and have been intrigued by Sherlock Holmes’ deduction capabilities. I had just never made the connection that perhaps law enforcement was my calling.

SNHU has made it possible to study two fields that are of great importance to me, accounting and forensics. With the help of my advisor, Justin, it has been easy for me to plan my classes and to get help whenever I have any questions or problems.

One full-time job is hard. Now, just imagine two! My studies have always been my “job,” and as long as I’m capable of learning more, I will gladly do so. Especially when there are people, such as the experienced professors I’ve had the pleasure of working with, willing to teach me and quench my never-ending thirst for knowledge!

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Samantha Latshaw
I love to learn and learning about something I actually care about makes doing the homework that much easier. Samantha Latshaw
Samantha Latshaw
I love to learn and learning about something I actually care about makes doing the homework that much easier.
Samantha Latshaw

After I graduated high school, I suffered a serious loss in my family. My mother died, leaving me bereft of anywhere to go. My friend stepped in, and to this day, I still live with her and her parents.

I went to a local community college, but I struggled there. None of the classes interested me. There were no creative writing classes. So, I decided to take a year off. After all, I still wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do with my life, though writing was a steady constant.

About six months after I left school, I realized that writing was, in fact, what I am most passionate about—and that I am good at it. So, then began the struggle to find online schools with creative writing programs. With the help of my sister, we stumbled upon SNHU, and I am so glad we did. I was accepted and began my path into the creative writing field.

While I'm still learning how to balance school, work and social time with friends and family, I am enjoying going back to school. I love to learn and learning about something I actually care about makes doing the homework that much easier.

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Miguel Gutierrez
It was essential that I broaden my academic credentials in an effort to better distinguish myself among my colleagues. Miguel Gutierrez
Miguel Gutierrez
It was essential that I broaden my academic credentials in an effort to better distinguish myself among my colleagues.
Miguel Gutierrez

I'm just like many of my peers. I decided not too long ago that it was essential that I broaden my academic credentials in an effort to better distinguish myself among my colleagues. My interests are primarily focused in the IT industry; however, I have an entrepreneurial spirit. As a result, I have been involved in various small business ventures with varied success. It is the mixed results in my business ventures and my aspirations for career advancement that prompted me to take on the challenge of obtaining an MBA at SNHU.

As I move closer to completing my academic curriculum, I discovered that SNHU offers a PMI certification. As a result, my academic goals have now become further defined. I am now on track to obtain an MBA with a specialization in IT management as well as a PMI certification. At this point, everything points to a Spring 2015 graduation date. This is a tribute to the fine staff at SNHU. This includes my advisors, financial aid administrators, and excellent instructors. They are what define my success at SNHU.

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Kyle Coumas
The students in the program are just so driven. Kyle Coumas
Kyle Coumas
The students in the program are just so driven.
Kyle Coumas

After being admitted to several top undergraduate business schools in 2010, Kyle Coumas elected to enroll in SNHU’s 3Year Honors Program in Business.

With his undergraduate experience now complete, the Hudson, N.H., resident doesn’t have a single regret. Taking most courses in cohort with fellow program participants spurred Coumas to excel. “The students in the program are just so driven,” he says. “You’re constantly surrounded by competition and other students pushing you to be better.”

While immersing himself in real-world business case studies, Coumas also engaged beyond the classroom. The president of SNHU’s Student Ambassadors during his last undergraduate year, he was one of four ambassadors selected to accompany SNHU President Paul LeBlanc to the Halki Summit, a forum on global environmental responsibility and sustainability held in June 2012 on an island near Istanbul, Turkey. While meeting notable environmental advocates such as anthropologist Jane Goodall and Gary Hirshberg, chairman of organic yogurt producer Stonyfield Farm, Coumas emerged with a heightened interest in putting his business skills to work in the environmental field.

Through a sales-and-marketing internship with Turn Cycle Solutions, a general contractor in Nashua, N.H., specializing in eco-friendly construction, Coumas cultivated an opportunity to work part-time for the firm upon graduation while pursuing an M.B.A. full time at SNHU. “I’m going for an M.B.A. in finance with a certificate in IT,” he says. “Those are two top-line skills that employers look for. My thinking is that a degree in those areas and experience in sales and marketing will make me pretty well-rounded.”

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Keith Johnson
The support I've gotten has been absolutely outstanding. Keith Johnson
Keith Johnson
The support I've gotten has been absolutely outstanding.
Keith Johnson

Sgt. First Class Keith Johnson, a full-time U.S. Army Reserves soldier, had completed deployments to Bosnia, Gitmo, Iraq, and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina when he began classes in the online human resources management program.

He hadn't been in school for 13 years.

''The most difficult part was probably nerves, apprehension; like when you’re asking a girl out on a date,'' Keith says. ''When I finally got on board, I felt a little overwhelmed personally, not by the class.''

Welcoming professors and a diverse group of classmates quickly put him at ease.

''I felt engaged in the classes, and I felt that I was bringing something to the table,'' Keith says.

Eight-week courses were comprehensive and intense. But they also boosted the soldier’s confidence, revealing how much he had matured since his first shot at college following high school graduation.

''This time around, I had a little salt in my hair, and I knew what was important,'' he says.

Keith, who plans to pursue a master’s degree, says he used his military background to chart his academic course.

''I think I kind of grew into it,'' he says of his interest in human resources management, which stems from his current job counseling soldiers.

At SNHU, Keith says, he receives support and direction from a military academic advisor who speaks his language, and understands where he is coming from.

''That’s been absolutely huge,'' he says. ''They know what the challenges are, and the support I've gotten has been absolutely outstanding.''

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Tanille Ennis
The program overall helped me to be a better-motivated person. Tanille Ennis
Tanille Ennis

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