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Adam Waters

BA General Studies, Class of 2015

"This degree has allowed me to set the groundwork to move forward in becoming a teacher to help other children … ."

Adam Waters always knew he needed to finish his education but put that dream on hold when his son was born. After trying several online schools and earning an associate degree at one, he finally found a program that fit his life and allowed him to advance to his bachelor's degree when he discovered Southern New Hampshire University.

Waters was working with special education students in a Colorado middle school when he decided to get serious about earning his bachelor's in general studies. Now, he said, he wants to enroll in a master's degree program. "I want to move on past just being a teacher's assistant to actually being a teacher within that program," he said. "And so this degree has allowed me to set the groundwork to move forward in becoming a teacher to help other children ... ."

Waters said he appreciated the 8-week format of SNHU's courses. He said finishing a course with such frequency gave him a consistent sense of accomplishment. "It really is designed to help students be successful and feel successful," he said. "Everybody from the advisers to the professors to financial aid, administration - everybody's very helpful in making sure that you feel comfortable."