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Maria Drake

BA History, Class of 2015

"I can honestly say that everyone I have come into contact with has helped me and not rested until my question was answered."

My educational journey has been an interesting one. When I was fresh out of high school, I was enrolled in one of the three local community colleges. However, actually going to class was a completely different story! I can honestly say I was unmotivated and simply not willing to go to school. When my niece graduated high school in 2004, she approached me and asked if I'd be willing to go back to school with her. She promised it'd be a win-win situation, as I'd be getting an education, and she'd be getting transportation through me. I was beyond scared to go back to school, but I agreed to because I really wanted to give my daughter a better life. As I immersed myself in my studies, I found that I really enjoyed school. I love to learn! I graduated in 2006 and was over the moon! There is a small state university in my town, and I enrolled, but was rejected because I lacked the college level math.

Almost two years ago, my husband approached me and said he wanted to go to school. While I was happy and excited for him, I honestly felt a bit of resentment toward him as well. I had said for years and years that all I really wanted was to go back to school and get my degree. He approached me in the middle of his first year and asked me if I still wanted to go, and if so, to start doing an online search.

That night, I found Southern New Hampshire University. I knew I wanted a 'real' school, not some dime-a-dozen purely online school. I was so excited about SNHU! I did some research and found that it was the best option for me, since, by this time, I had three kids, and I took care of my elderly father.

I wish I could say that there was just one person that I could thank, but "everyone" at SNHU has been so helpful and truly kind to me! I don't want to sound like a bad cliché, but I can honestly say that everyone I have come into contact with - whether through Student Financial Services, the Shapiro Library, academic advisors or my enrollment counselor - have all helped me and not rested until my question was answered, or problem was resolved.

I would gladly and passionately recommend SNHU to anyone who was looking for a good, quality school. SNHU will always have a warm spot in my heart!