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Janna Goraya

BS Accounting, Class of 2017

"I am now in a job I love, have doubled my salary... and have a sense of accomplishment I haven’t felt in a long time."

Janna Goraya was struggling to maintain steady accounting work and living off ramen noodles and pasta when she decided she needed to make a change and earn a college degree.

She began working toward an online BS in Accounting with a concentration in forensic accounting from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) while working full-time, and graduated with honors in May 2017.

Her degree has already helped her land a better, higher-paying accounting job, and Goraya said her education has also helped her to dream bigger, with a new goal of one day working as a chief financial officer. "I am now in a job I love, have doubled my salary from where I was when I started this journey and have a sense of accomplishment I haven't felt in a long time," Goraya said.

The experience has inspired her husband, too.

"I think seeing me work hard and gaining my degree, even years later than normal showed him that he can do it as well," Goraya said. "As it got closer to graduation he started thinking more about it, having seen me go through the entire process."

Goraya said her experience at SNHU was life-changing. While her educational journey wasn't easy - dealing with several family deaths in addition to working full-time while earning her degree - the staff at SNHU ensured she got the help and support she needed to be successful.

"I could not have done this without the immense support of not just my loved ones, but the amazing and incredible staff and faculty at SNHU," she said. "Everyone from the intake staff, to student advisors, to faculty, career center, tech support and beyond has been amazing. I would highly recommend this university to anyone thinking about obtaining their degree."