Amanda Menke

BA Communication - Public Relations, Class of 2019

"I've never seen a school be so involved with their students both on campus and online."

Amanda Menke didn't want to work in insurance forever. She wanted to be in the communication field, and she knew having a bachelor's degree would help.

Since she worked full-time, Menke sought out a college she could attend online. She wanted to go somewhere that accepted the credits she earned at a community college and had a program that introduced her to a variety of communication paths.

"I did my research and found that SNHU was exactly what I was looking for and so much more," she said. So, she enrolled and began her BA in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations.

Even though Menke completed her degree online, she never felt like she missed out on opportunities to get involved. “I've never seen a school be so involved with their students both on campus and online," she said.

One of the programs she participated in was a 90-day apprenticeship through GenM, an SNHU partnership. Menke worked with a digital marketing professional who specializes in social media, and her experience was so successful that she was offered a freelance social media coordinator position when it ended.

Though it was challenging at points, Menke now has a diploma in hand and a freelance job in her field, and she's proud of her accomplishments. "There were times that I just wanted to stop. Take a break," she said. "But I was persistent, pushed through, and it felt so good at the end."

Along the way, she leaned on the SNHU community. “I always felt like I had help,” she said. Whether she had questions about her coursework or a potential career path, she knew she could rely on her advisors, instructors and classmates.

"I attended two other community colleges prior to going to SNHU, and, in my opinion, my best experience was at SNHU," Menke said.