Shona Rix

"I wanted to show my children that they can do anything. "

Shona Rix was a stay-at-home mom for 17 years. The year her youngest child started kindergarten and her eldest was graduating high school, Rix decided to earn her college degree. "I wanted to show my children that they can do anything," she said. "If I could go back to school - studying, writing papers, taking tests -while raising six children, substitute teaching and being a wife, then they could certainly pursue their own dreams."

When it came to choosing a program of study, Rix's love of books, reading and linguistics made a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature an obvious choice. Meanwhile, the reality of balancing family life with a part-time job and a potential 45-minute commute made an online degree from Southern New Hampshire University a practical choice.

Being able to take classes online enabled Rix to manage her schedule, but "going to school online takes self-discipline," she said. In addition to the love and encouragement of her husband and children, she received invaluable advising support from SNHU. "I was taking three classes one term. My advisor would call me to make sure I was doing OK, academically and personally," she said. "I finally got to meet and thank her in person when I walked at graduation."

Rix is currently working toward her teaching certificate and applying for full-time teaching positions in South Carolina. She is also pursuing certification to teach American Sign Language. Her children inspired her to earn her degree and now her education from SNHU is the foundation on which she is building a new career and a better life.