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Jessica Cooper

MBA, Class of 2014

"I’m proud to say I went back to school for me, to prove to myself that I could do it."

I enlisted in the Navy right after graduating from high school in 1985. During my 20 years on active duty, I married another active-duty sailor, who was deployed 80% of the time. We transferred to many duty locations over the 20 years, but we were lucky enough to always be stationed together. Needless to say, I have attended many colleges to earn my undergraduate degree, pooling classes together to finally confer my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Southern New Hampshire University in January 2004.

I was the first in my family to ever obtain a degree of any kind. My daughter obtained her degree in psychology, joined the Navy recently and began talking about getting her master's degree. That is when I thought, "Why not me?" My biggest concern was that I wouldn't do well enough as far as my GPA went, because I just scraped by most of the time while pursuing my BS. But I no longer had young kids at home, and I had matured immensely. So I'm proud to say I went back to school for me, to prove to myself that I could do it. I've impressed myself by how well I've done!

SNHU has been a great experience and has come such a long way with their online education. I would like to point out that math has always been my least favorite subject. However, in my MBA program, my favorite class was MBA-501 Math and Statistics for Business with Professor Vlad Dolgopolov as my instructor. He made this class so understandable and used many up-to-date teaching and meeting aides. I appreciated him for that! I never in a million years dreamed I would go back to school to obtain my MBA, and I'm so glad I did!