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Derrick Sylvester
All the professors I’ve had have been ‘people’ people – it seems like they really enjoy working with their students. Derrick Sylvester
Derrick Sylvester
All the professors I’ve had have been ‘people’ people – it seems like they really enjoy working with their students.
Derrick Sylvester

Derrick Sylvester has major-league dreams, but he can also foresee himself holding office hours on a college campus someday.

As Sylvester prepared to graduate from SNHU in the spring of 2014, he held out hope that he might be chosen in Major League Baseball’s annual draft, opening the door to a professional career. A right-handed starting pitcher, Sylvester played four years for the Penmen after transferring to SNHU midway through his freshman year.

When asked about his most rewarding moments on the diamond, however, Sylvester chooses to discuss his involvement with a sick child. Through a program called Team Impact that matches children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, the SNHU baseball squad was paired with an 11-year-old boy named Ian whose battle with a brain tumor had robbed him of several functions, including his ability to walk.

Sylvester spearheaded the team’s interaction with Ian at the team’s practices and games while also accompanying the boy and his family to Boston’s Fenway Park for the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, which raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “I love working with kids,” he says. “To be able to work with a kid like Ian, and seeing how much fun he has when he comes to our practices and games, is super rewarding.”

A double major in psychology and sociology who was an NCAA Academic All-American in 2013, Sylvester envisions himself working with kids eventually, most likely in a school setting. And beyond that – thanks in part to his positive experiences with the SNHU faculty, he says – he’d like to earn a doctorate and become a professor.

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Christopher Rodman
I’m very happy that SNHU’s program, curriculum, and faculty have enabled me to learn vital business and technical skills. Christopher Rodman
Christopher Rodman
I’m very happy that SNHU’s program, curriculum, and faculty have enabled me to learn vital business and technical skills.
Christopher Rodman

I decided to take my professional potential to the next level by continuing my education and choosing to study a growing field that has already helped me in my current career path and will broaden my career opportunities in the future. Information technology is a rapidly expanding field, and SNHU’s IT programs coupled with the core business courses have enlightened me in areas I never thought I’d delve in to. I now leverage my business skills and database design skills to solve real world problems within my organization and better serve my customers. Data is power, and in this age, information is the key to good business decisions.

I’m very happy that SNHU’s program, curriculum, and faculty have enabled me to learn vital business and technical skills in a mobile and distance environment and format. My focus on finishing my degree and the support of my family allows me to stick with my studies during difficult times. I subscribe to the self-fulfilling prophecy in which anyone who wants to succeed is fully capable of doing so with determination.

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Chris Forgue
I am so thankful that I found SNHU and have recommended it to friends and family. Chris Forgue
Chris Forgue
I am so thankful that I found SNHU and have recommended it to friends and family.
Chris Forgue

I had been laid off by the company I had been working with since I was 18. I had never gone to college because I assumed I would work with this company for the rest of my life. Four-and-a-half years later, that proved not to be the case, and I was laid off. I had always talked about going back to school ,but never had the motivation to do so. A few days after being laid off, I found out I was going to be a father. I immediately began researching degree programs in the IT field and one school that stood out to me was SNHU. The online program was new to me and seemed the only way I could obtain a degree while trying to get back to work and becoming a father.

Sure enough, a few years later, I graduated with honors in information technology and within a few weeks, I landed a great job with a great company. I am so thankful that I found SNHU and have recommended it to friends and family who are struggling with the motivation to get back to school or who struggle with an actual classroom. I will be continuing towards my bachelor’s degree with SNHU and look forward to the possibilities my schooling will open up for me.

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Lisa Lewis
Every day, I receive a confirmation that I made the right decision for my future. Lisa Lewis
Lisa Lewis
Every day, I receive a confirmation that I made the right decision for my future.
Lisa Lewis

I recently transferred to SNHU from another university, so I thought I knew the norm in this type of setting. This university has changed my perspective for the good. I had a few challenges getting adapted to their system, but got immediate assistance from IT. Not to mention, I recently changed majors as well. I was two classes from graduating before starting with SNHU. Every day, I receive a confirmation that I made the right decision for my future. The fashion industry has always been something that excited me and starting a new business this year, I wanted to study something I can directly apply. I have learned so much in the last few weeks with my professor's involvement and critique in class. This school cares about their students, and I appreciate that.

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Brad Richwine
My advisor and instructors have all been very supportive. Brad Richwine
Brad Richwine
My advisor and instructors have all been very supportive.
Brad Richwine

I have been working in the defense and aerospace industry for the past 15 years and have been considering going back to school for my MBA for several years now. In the fall of 2013, I finally decided to stop talking about it and take action. I filled out the paperwork with my company to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement that they offer, they approved my request, and I was committed. With everything set, I started classes in January 2014 with the intent of finishing in the fall of 2016.

After being out of college for 20 years, I did not know quite what to expect from both getting back into the college mindset as well as what to expect from online classes. I have to say that everything so far has been great. My advisor and instructors have all been very supportive. It has been great learning more about subjects that I just touched on in my undergraduate work as well as learning from the life experiences of my classmates. The weekly assignments do take up quite a bit of my previously free time, but my wife has been very supportive, and we both this is a good investment in our future.

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Amanda Sanchez Kohl
The supportive community SNHU has created is phenomenal and one of a kind. Amanda Sanchez Kohl
Amanda Sanchez Kohl
The supportive community SNHU has created is phenomenal and one of a kind.
Amanda Sanchez Kohl

I spent over 18 months looking for the right school to transition into from my community college. I was accepted to four different universities and decided to pursue my degree through a community college. After completing my associate degree and slightly experiencing online classes there, I knew I wanted to take this path for any future educational plans. I love learning and given the opportunity, I would stay in school my whole life.

Many online schools that I had reached out to did not make me feel very welcomed, and I felt a financial burden communicating with them about my educational plans. When I discovered SNHU, the staff was extremely helpful and was able to provide me the support that I needed to get the ball rolling on my education. I was very appreciative of the various programs the school offered and the vast amount of options students have when they choose to go to this school. I signed up for the 8-week term program, taking two courses every eight weeks.

Last year when I started, I was working three jobs and going to school for what was considered full-time. People certainly did not understand the extremity of these classes especially when I said I was enrolled in only two. To understand that we cover an entire courses curriculum within 8 week is an accomplishment in itself. The online programs are huge with the most classes I’ve ever seen available, and many people are involved in it. The supportive community SNHU has created is phenomenal and one of a kind. I am so excited to have had the opportunity to complete my education within one year!

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Noura Alkhamis
I not only enjoy all of my classes, but also the flexibility online classes allow. Noura Alkhamis
Noura Alkhamis
I not only enjoy all of my classes, but also the flexibility online classes allow.
Noura Alkhamis

I received my B.S. in Business Studies in 2007 from SNHU and put off my goal of earning my MBA directly after as I had my first child. In 2011, I found myself, a very busy stay-at-home mom, with my second child and longing to continue my education to better my career options. After contacting SNHU, I was enrolled part-time in their online program working towards my MBA in Corporate Social Responsibility. I could not be happier with my decision. I not only enjoy all of my classes, but also the flexibility online classes allow. I am truly able to flourish and excel in all of the courses I have taken so far. Also, all of the staff have been extremely helpful and understanding which makes the experience even better. You do not feel that you are just another student, but that you are actually respected as an individual; and my advisor has gone above and beyond in making sure I feel that way. I only have a few classes left, and am proud of all my accomplishments so far as I work towards a new chapter in my life.

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Emma Parker
I cannot believe I am about to graduate summa cum laude. Emma Parker
Emma Parker
I cannot believe I am about to graduate summa cum laude.
Emma Parker

I have always struggled in school until I found my niche in writing rather than test taking. I have always wanted to be a writer, and my classes and teachers have encouraged and inspired me to start submitting my work and get going on my novels. I have never been more excited about my chosen path in life. After feeling dumb and not good enough my whole life, I cannot believe I am about to graduate summa cum laude.

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Seth Fayerman
Working full-time, it's hard for me to find time to attend traditional classes, making the online MBA program at SNHU ideal for me! Seth Fayerman
Seth Fayerman
Working full-time, it's hard for me to find time to attend traditional classes, making the online MBA program at SNHU ideal for me!
Seth Fayerman

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2010 and have been working in pharmaceutical companies since then. I have always wanted to break into the management side of the operation, and decided that an MBA would be a perfect way to get a jump on that goal. Working full-time, it's hard for me to find time to attend traditional classes, making the online MBA program at SNHU ideal for me!

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Dixie Whelpley
I would be remiss if I did not admit that my success is due to support from my family, SNHU professors and my advisor, Angela. Dixie Whelpley
Dixie Whelpley
I would be remiss if I did not admit that my success is due to support from my family, SNHU professors and my advisor, Angela.
Dixie Whelpley

For me, the most important thing in life is being true to yourself, your personal beliefs, vision, and goals. Without it, we are just a shell of a person trying to convince ourselves and others that we are something we are not. Growing up in an orphanage through my entire childhood, I was told by a housemother, Ms. Gayden, that I would never amount to anything, and would go nowhere in life. Well, here I am world!

I have achieved so much, but I would be remiss if I did not admit that my success is due to support from my family, SNHU professors and advisor, Angela. I have had a very difficult start to the year due to a medically necessary surgery with complications that it took me eight weeks to recover from. During that time, I had already enrolled in three courses, and the surgery took so much out of me that I was not sure I could even get through everything. With the understanding and guidance I received from professors—especially Professors Sabin, McGlynn, Mulherin, Schneiderman—and Angela, I have made it through. It truly has been tough, and many times I was overwhelmed because I was behind. The important message is never give up!

Throughout my life, I have made it a policy that if you start something, you finish it on a high note. Never give up, and never settle. I owe so much to my husband, John, who has worked tirelessly so that I could concentrate on my education. Our children have been an inspiration for me. Our daughter spent time in Iraq, and after coming home, she decided to pursue her undergraduate at a state university. She's a volunteer firefighter. Our son is enrolled with SNHU working on his master’s degree. It's important to set goals and milestones and work to achieve them. That is what we have taught our children. There is no such thing as I CAN'T, instead say "I will!" My husband teases me and tells everyone, "Yep! She's getting her degree to earn the big money, and I'm going to retire and enjoy the beach with a dog when we get one!” Life is what you make it. I intend to enjoy every aspect of it always!

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