Lisa Kpotie

MS Accounting - Forensic Accounting, Class of 2016

"Throughout my program, my academic advisor was so supportive. Even when life was crazy, she always let me know that I wasn't alone."

After high school, I went to school for my undergrad degree, got married, had a child and worked in the accounting field for quite some time. I didn’t even consider going for my master's degree. However, I started to realize that in order to be more marketable and competitive in my field, I needed to go back to school. I was afraid I was going to be phased out by the younger generation coming right out of college.

Accounting is a growing profession. Southern New Hampshire University offered an online master’s in forensic accounting, which I found very intriguing. The degree program allowed me to go deeper into the field of accounting and gave me the expertise I needed if I wanted to seek a career on the investigative side.

One of my biggest excuses for not going back to school was time management. I liked that SNHU has a traditional brick and mortar college, but I also enjoyed the flexibility of online classes. I could set my schedule, meet my deadlines and still have a life. Even my husband is now earning his degree online at SNHU!

When making the decision to go back to school, there's a fear of not doing well. There's a fear of am I too old? Can I really do this? Throughout my entire program, my academic advisor was so supportive. She never gave up on me. Even when life was crazy, she always let me know that I wasn't alone.

Getting my master's in forensic accounting also allowed me the opportunity to branch out and open my own bakery. My courses gave me the confidence to handle my own financial needs, whether it's my balance sheets or financial statements. Having my master's not only looks good on paper, but investors love to see that you can handle your own finances.

One thing I learned is that with education, no one can take that from you. It's yours. The best moment for me was the happiness that I saw on my family's face when I walked across the graduation stage. Seeing my name on that degree was the best feeling ever.