When Jolene Stetz finished her first class at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) with an A, she knew she was finally in the right place, at the right time and surrounded by the right staff, faculty and peers. She felt supported, for possibly the first time, in her pursuit of higher education.
After high school, she wasn’t sure of her career goals. “I just felt like I needed to kind of establish what I wanted to do with my life and where I want it to be,” Stetz said. Having already attended two traditional colleges, she also realized that day classes and commute time didn’t fit her lifestyle. On top of that, a negative experience with an instructor left her feeling alone in her journey.
But now, Stetz is a month away from finishing her online bachelor’s in marketing at SNHU, where she’s maintained a 4.0 GPA while working full-time as a content editor for a video licensing company.
“The flexibility that Southern New Hampshire University offers – I probably wouldn’t have ever been able to go back to school without it,” she said.
Motivated by Mom
Stetz learned that her mother, who did not have a college degree, felt stuck in her life once her children grew up and moved away from home.
“She didn’t want me to ever feel trapped, or to ever feel like I had hit a wall in my life, in my career,” Stetz said. She believed education and experience are the way forward, and she wanted her daughter to have the ability to grow her…