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Lori Sharp

BS Business Admin, Class of 2014

"If it wasn’t for my support network, I very well may not have finished my online classes."

For Lori Sharp, getting her degree was all about being a strong role model for the daughter to whom she was preaching the importance of education.

"How could I tell her to go ... to school if indeed I hadn't? That was the biggest motivation," Sharp said. "It's important for me to be a good role model for her."

Sharp was able to complete her bachelor's in business administration thanks to her own dedication as well as a strong support system at Southern New Hampshire University and at home. She said her academic advisor would proactively check in with her on a regular basis and send timely reminders when it was time to sign up for the next term's courses.

"... the time would go by so quick in an eight-week course. You wouldn't realize when it was coming up already, time to enroll for new classes," Sharp said. "She was wonderful."

Sharp said she also had several friends who often encouraged her to continue with school when life became hectic. "The fact that they also had their degree was encouraging to me, and they also did their degree as working mothers. If they could do it, then I decided that I could do it too," she said. "If it wasn't for my support network, I very well may not have finished my online classes."