Today marks a day that I have waited a long time for. Today I will finally have a Bachelor's degree. For those of you that didn't know, for the last two and a half years, I've been attending Southern New Hampshire University's (SNHU) through their College of Online and Continuing Education (COCE). Today SNHU confers to me my degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Technology.
When I graduated from high school, I had plans to get my Bachelor's degree. I attended a local community college to earn any lower division courses that I could complete. I spent three years at that school, then three years at the local university, but for whatever reason, I never finished my degree. Shortly there after life caught up with me. Making a living, paying bills, etc., took center stage.
Ten years ago I decided that the only way I was going to get ahead in this world was to get my education plans completed. I spent the next two years taking classes in the evening (after working a full 8 hour day) at Crafton Hill College, a community college next to my work. It was a lot of hard work and I missed a lot of fun activities with family and friends, but I earned my Associate of Science degree in Information Computer Systems (concentrations in both Webmaster and Programming). My first college degree!
Life then took a detour. A year later I got married (and divorced two years after that), so I wasn't able to continue on. After my divorce, I tried to attend the same university that I had attended many moons ago, but I discovered that trying to get to the school after work and be on time was going to be impossible. I would have spent YEARS there, taking on the late night classes, when they offered what I need.
A few years later, I decided to check out the online programs that many universities are now offering. At the time, I was looking for a 100% online program offering a Bachelor's degree in mathematics. I was also careful to verify that the universities that I inquired with were regionally accredited, as I discovered with my ex-wife's degree that a Bachelor's degree from an non-regionally accredited college is worthless. I checked universities like Phoenix, Concordia, National, etc., and put in my email address for more information. Here's where SNHU really excelled: they called me in less than two hours after I submitted my inquiry!!
From then on, I discovered why SNHU has earned the reputation for being student-centric. My admissions advisor guided me through the process, including how to apply for financial aid and even he even contacted the schools I went to before to request my transcripts! I was really impressed how easy it was. I will share more about my SNHU and online education experience at a later date.
Well, 27 months later, I am sitting here, content with the knowledge that I have finally finished my B.A. It feels so good!!