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Marisela Schuck

BS Accounting, Class of 2017

"The most beneficial part of my experience with SNHU was learning to stay focused on my dreams, regardless of life’s circumstances."

Marisela Schuck has always had a strong resolve. Growing up in Tampico, Mexico, she was told by family members that education is difficult and expensive, and that her time is better spent working to put food on the table. Instead of following that advice, she set her mind to pursuing her education, regardless of the challenges ahead.

Schuck decided to pursue a BS in Accounting at Southern New Hampshire University while working full-time as a teaching assistant. Living an hour's drive from the nearest metropolitan area, SNHU's online program proved ideal for saving time and money while taking classes.

Then, only one week into her studies, Schuck's husband was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. He needed surgery, recovery time and radiation treatments over the course of months. Before her final three semesters, the stress of the situation - working, studying and caregiving - caught up to her. Fortunately, Schuck's academic advisors and professors supported and accommodated her as much as possible.

In May 2017, Schuck graduated with her accounting degree with her husband by her side to congratulate her. Unlike her experiences as a child, "there was never a time when I felt diminished academically at SNHU. I graduated from college with my BS in Accounting as an equal to all high achievers."

In fact, Schuck's academic achievements gave her the confidence to start her own tax and bookkeeping business, which was incorporated in January. Her bachelor's degree is also a crucial stepping-stone toward her goal of earning a certificate to teach math and Spanish to elementary students. "The most beneficial part of my experience with SNHU was learning to stay focused on my dreams, regardless of life's circumstances."