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Mazen J. Rihani
I am trying to set a good example for my kids. Thanks to the staff and faculty at SNHU for making it possible for me to do so. Mazen J. Rihani
Mazen J. Rihani
I am trying to set a good example for my kids. Thanks to the staff and faculty at SNHU for making it possible for me to do so.
Mazen J. Rihani

My dream, since I landed in the U.S. 33 years ago, has been to get my BS, then my master’s degree. I was able to get my BS in Electrical Engineering in 1988. But with three kids at the time, and a busy work schedule, I was never able to pursue my master’s dream. SNHU has made it possible for me to do so through their online program, which is also affordable for a family man and father of four, two of whom are also in graduate programs.

After 25 years away from school, I thought it would be very hard for me to go back to studying and doing homework again. But with the support of my wife and my kids, and a great program at SNHU, I am able to get closer to fulfilling my lifelong dream. I am trying to set a good example for my kids. So I am studying extra hard to get As in my classes, so that they do the same. Thanks to the staff and faculty at SNHU for making it possible for me to do so. God bless your efforts.

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Audrey Greathouse
No school in the world could offer me a scholarship that would draw me away from SNHU. Audrey Greathouse
Audrey Greathouse
No school in the world could offer me a scholarship that would draw me away from SNHU.
Audrey Greathouse

I dropped out of college after my first quarter, utterly disenchanted with the one-sided politics of the institution and the sex-and-drugs student culture. Fortunately, there was SNHU. With open arms and a brilliantly simple application process, they welcomed me to a program that challenged me to think for myself, and think a lot! For almost three years now, I have worked with the most ideologically tolerant and intellectually diverse collection of students I’ve ever known. At SNHU, my education is what I need it to be and only dependent on how motivated I am. Consequently, I will be graduating magna cum laude this summer, a whole year ahead of most of my high school graduating class.

With manageable, but deeply intellectually challenging course loads in every class, I really do feel that I had an opportunity here that I wouldn’t have had with any other institution in the country. Not tethered to any physical institution, I have been free to travel during my education —Bellingham, Seattle, San Francisco, Carson City, Los Angeles and Portland. I have completed my education in countless cities, traveling the West Coast and living out of a backpack for months at a time. I have met so many amazing people through my travels and had so many positive interactions with my fellow students. No school in the world could offer me a scholarship that would draw me away from SNHU, and the freedom and education it provides for me.

Learn more about Audrey's program: BA in English.

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Areatha Ford
[My advisor] was in my corner cheering, telling me I could do it. Areatha Ford
Areatha Ford
[My advisor] was in my corner cheering, telling me I could do it.
Areatha Ford

I began my studies at SNHU in March of 2013. Believe it or not, when I began my online studies, I did not have Internet access or a computer. What was I thinking? But gaining my degree meant so much to me, I decided I would try even if it meant spending hours at the public library. And that is exactly what I did for two terms.

My entrance advisor Patty Petersen was a huge inspiration. I then had to deal with my house foreclosure and a hysterectomy! All of this happened in the first three terms. It was a lot, but Patty was in my corner cheering, telling me I could do it. I never met a more encouraging advisor. She was awesome, and I will never forget her!

Funny thing is, with life's uncertain turns and changes, I still am working without Internet at home. Add that to being a mother of two and a wife, and you can understand my journey. But I can't give up. This means so much to me. For this reason, every eight weeks I buckle down and do it again. I will complete this journey. What I always tell my sons is: Failure is not an option!

Learn more about Areatha’s program: BA in Psychology.

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Michelle Greenwood
I get to use my education each and every day. I am able to live comfortably. I have benefits. Michelle Greenwood
Michelle Greenwood
I get to use my education each and every day. I am able to live comfortably. I have benefits.
Michelle Greenwood

Ten years ago, I was working two full-time jobs to barely make ends meet. Then I got an interview for a management position that would pay enough to allow me to be comfortable with just one full-time job. But I was told that, while I seemed to be a perfect candidate, they couldn’t hire me because I didn’t have my high school diploma. I’d dropped out of high school and moved across the country when I was just one credit shy of graduation. I was now 29 years old. And I had never learned a trade to support myself like my father had encouraged.

Sick and tired of killing myself and still not making ends meet, I enrolled in a GED program and finished with such high marks I was asked to be a speaker at my graduation. I was so proud that I had come so far, but I was still unsure if I could handle college. After a little persuasion, I mustered the courage to apply to community college. It wasn’t always easy, but I saw my confidence grow, and I continued to improve. After completing several semesters of coursework, I realized I was up for the challenge of a university-level education.

I have grown so much at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). My education has completely changed the opportunities in my life. I now have a Monday through Friday day job in an office where I get to use my education each and every day. I am able to live comfortably. I have benefits. I can afford a new car, and I pay my own way through life. I never thought I would be in a position to buy a new home, and my education has helped me make this possible. I cannot wait to see the bright future that lies ahead of me.

Learn more about Michelle’s program: BA in Psychology.

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Miriam Aguilar
Thank you SNHU for having a great advisor like Mr. Gullo, and great professors. This is a success for me. Miriam Aguilar
Miriam Aguilar
Thank you SNHU for having a great advisor like Mr. Gullo, and great professors. This is a success for me.
Miriam Aguilar

As a single mom, I worked very hard to bring up my kids. But I always knew there was something else out there for me. Once my kids were grown up, I knew it was time for me to do something for myself.

One day while I was watching TV, I saw a commercial for SNHU and it said: If you want to better yourself, come and join us. So I went online and filled out the application in less than a day. But I was afraid. I asked my daughter, “What if I fail?” She told me, “You will never know until you try.”

Soon after that, Mr. Gullo called me and told me he would be my advisor. He asked me why I wanted to go to school, and I told him that it was time for me to do something for myself. He said he was going to help me all the way. He explained how to get my books and how to use Blackboard. He made it so easy for me to understand.

Soon after starting my first week of online classes, I did not know if I was doing things right. I called Mr. Gullo, almost crying. He told me that I was doing my work right, and that I was doing well. Mr. Gullo encouraged me and never let me give up.

Now I sit in front of my computer, and do my homework, and I feel confident. I’ve learned so much these last couple of months. At my job, my boss has told me he has noticed I have changed so much. I feel I now understand how the company works.

Thank you SNHU for having a great advisor like Mr. Gullo, and great professors. This is success for me.

Learn more about a BA in Child Development Leadership.

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Kelli Burns
I know my investment in my education here will help me achieve my goals in the future. Kelli Burns
Kelli Burns
I know my investment in my education here will help me achieve my goals in the future.
Kelli Burns

After my traditional undergrad program at a state university in Ohio, I knew I wanted to further my education and get my master’s degree. After two years of working, I decided it was time. I researched many programs, both online and traditional. My criteria were simple: I needed a program that I could manage while working full time, it needed to be accredited and it needed to be affordable.

SNHU met all these criteria. The more I researched, the more I knew it was the right fit. I liked the courses that were offered and the concentrations available in my major (accounting). The school has excellent reviews from both former students, outside organizations and the educational community. My first term, I took two courses at once. I found them engaging, informative and I learned a lot. Online courses are not for everyone, but I have been very happy with the delivery, content and interaction within all my courses.

My advisor is phenomenal, and I have had more interaction with him that I did with my undergrad advisor. I have been surprised by the background and experience of all my professors. Now in my last term at SNHU, I am excited to be done, but also extremely happy with my choice to go with SNHU. I know my investment in my education here will help me achieve my goals in the future, and make me successful in what I want to achieve.

Learn about the MS in Accounting.

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Aimee Silva
I have learned so much already that I can use today for my business, before I even reach the goal of completing my MBA. Aimee Silva
Aimee Silva
I have learned so much already that I can use today for my business, before I even reach the goal of completing my MBA.
Aimee Silva

My story: I have a BA in Psychology, and have absolutely no prior experience in business. During the last two semesters of college, I started an online business called Peachy Queen Boutique, selling fashion jewelry and accessories. I decided that I wanted to change my path from entering the psychology field to business, so I could strengthen my skills and have a successful company. I was hesitant and a little terrified about entering the field and working towards an MBA without any classes or knowledge from my undergraduate degree. I thought about it for some time, going back and forth, throwing the idea around. I decided I needed to take action and get more information about obtaining a degree online, while still working on my business.

My advisor, April Griffin, has been the most influential person at SNHU. And I now recognize that the path I am on to reach my dream is the one I need to be on. April has helped me with all my questions, from general knowledge about the program and school, to easing my apprehension about getting an MBA without any prior experience. She has shared with me her own experiences and goals, which shows me her commitment, and that she really cares. She was always there for me via e-mail or phone, even when my questions or concerns were puerile. I know that if I didn’t have April advising me through this difficult transition, I probably wouldn’t be so certain I was on the right path, chasing after my biggest and wildest dreams.

The program so far has only made me more excited and motivated to make my company more of a success. I have learned so much already: wonderful ideas and applications that I can use today for my business before I even reach the goal of completing my MBA in Internet Marketing. I feel comfortable at SNHU because of the relationship I have built with April, and because of the foundation I am constructing, to build up my dreams into ideas, and take my ideas and turn them into reality.

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Rebecca Wiley
I use the knowledge that I have gained in my daily life. Rebecca Wiley
Rebecca Wiley
I use the knowledge that I have gained in my daily life.
Rebecca Wiley

My story is like many other military spouses. I fell in love at a young age and ran off to follow my young groom across the country. While he focused on his career and many deployments, my education and my own career were put on hold as we started our little family. Throughout the past 10 years, I have been taking classes off and on as time permitted. However, it wasn’t until the past two years that I really felt the need to get my goal back on track. This is when SNHU became a part of my life. As I continue to chip away at my expected sociology degree, I use the knowledge that I have gained in my daily life.

Learn more about Rebecca's program: BA Sociology.

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Stephanie Caraballo
I am open with my fellow classmates in every term about my personal battle, and have been well supported. Stephanie Caraballo
Stephanie Caraballo
I am open with my fellow classmates in every term about my personal battle, and have been well supported.
Stephanie Caraballo

As a former high school dropout, it has always been my intention to go back to school and graduate. In 2010, I achieved that goal and earned my high school diploma through a home-based program. After studying hard for ten months I graduated with a 3.0. Once I completed that goal, I knew I had to push forward. One obstacle to some would have been living with bipolar disorder. However, in school, whether it was earning my high school diploma, or now attending Southern New Hampshire University, I have not seen myself as having any additional needs in my studies because of my condition. I do not see myself as any different than other students because I am not the only one who has a mental illness. If anything, it makes me work and study harder to prove my full potential. I am open with my fellow classmates in every term about my personal battle, and have been well supported. You should never let any personal battle stand in your way of achieving your goals.

Learn more about Stephanie's program: AA Liberal Arts

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Zakia Baker
I am successful because I have a great support system, and that includes my SNHU advisor. Zakia Baker
Zakia Baker
I am successful because I have a great support system, and that includes my SNHU advisor.
Zakia Baker

My dream had always been to go to college. However, when I left high school, I knew I was going straight to the military. Coming from a poor family, I knew we couldn't afford college. I enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve my country and secure a college education. While serving, I acquired a mysterious illness. It debilitated me to the point where going to school and working full-time was going to be an impossibility. After leaving the military, I struggled with going back to college. I'd go back, and then it would seem that some life situation, or my own illness, would keep me from continuing. Finally, a friend suggested I pursue an online education. I was very nervous because, back then, there was a sort of stigma about it. I wanted my degree to be taken seriously. Having my son coincided with more information being available about my illness. I was able to manage it better. I also decided it was time to go back to school, and online education fit my unique needs. I completed my associate degree, then BBA, then MBA all online. Finally, I decided to pursue a CPA, but needed more credits. SNHU was rated as a top school by U.S. News and World Report.

I wanted a more challenging school that had a real university feel, while being online. Online schools had really evolved by then. SNHU is perfect. Pursuing an MS in Forensic Accounting has been a great experience here. Largely because of some really good professors, and of course, my student advisor who really cares about my success. It is important to have someone who understands what you are going through, and can help you navigate your collegiate path. I owe a large part of my success to Justin Mazzone, my advisor. Without his encouragement and constant support, I may not have continued. Graduate studies are tough, especially for a mother who suffers with a debilitating illness. It’s fantastic to be able to reach my goals with the support of a staff member who really cares. I am successful because I have a great support system, and that includes my SNHU advisor.

Learn more about Zakia's program: MS in Accounting

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