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James Roberts

BA Psychology - Addictions, Class of 2015

"I feel [everyone at SNHU] has been very instrumental in guiding me down the path of success."

I grew up in a small town in Mississippi. Education wasn't a priority in my family, so as a result I dropped out of high school in the 10th grade. However, I decided to informally educate myself by spending every day in our local library, reading every book I could, on a variety of subjects. Two years after dropping out of school and spending so much time at the library, I felt I should acquire my GED. After receiving my GED, I intended to go straight to college. But my plans were changed when my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I decided to focus on his treatments and being there for him and my family. He passed away a couple of years later, and it sidetracked my educational dreams.

About four years ago, at the age of 40, I decided it was time to fulfill my dream. I attended our local community college, where I was involved in numerous activities like writing for the school newspaper and yearbook staff. During my time there I gained a love of psychology, and decided that was my path. After finishing, I found out about the wonderful opportunities that SNHU offered.

I am now in my third semester in SNHU, where I am pursuing my bachelor’s in psychology, with a focus on addictions. I plan on working on my master’s after I finish my bachelor’s. And one day, I hope to help youth overcome their personal addictions. I am grateful for the wonderful support that I have received from everyone here at SNHU, and feel that they have been very instrumental in guiding me down the path of success.