Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
"I just love walking around with a backpack full of knowledge, so to speak."
Minnie Stumph, 52, of south central Pennsylvania, is in her fourth year as a student at Ashford University - she is slated to graduate in January 2013. An independent business contractor and the reverend of her church, Minnie is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship through Ashford's online program. "I am no stranger to the business world, but I am pursuing my degree because it will provide me with the tools and knowledge that I am lacking. I just love walking around with a backpack full of knowledge, so to speak."
Minnie chose Ashford in large part because of her Enrollment Advisor, Shawana Jones. "If it was not for Shawana and her welcoming manner, I may not have chosen any online school. She made me feel wanted and needed, and as if I was already a part of her school. From my experience here, I would have to say she was right! Even now, two years later, I always look forward to her telephone calls, and I have her to thank for the fact that I am pursuing my goals at such a great university."
When asked about Minnie, Shawana couldn't help but brag about her student: "Minnie is performing excellently in the classroom. Besides taking care of her family and encouraging others to go back to school, she has been on the Dean's List since she started."
In addition to excelling academically, Minnie has found an active social environment at Ashford, and has noticed a positive shift in her self-image. "Since enrolling at Ashford, the future is looking bright. Being here has boosted my confidence level immensely, and I have made several long-lasting friendships - we communicate regularly outside of class."
After graduation, Minnie plans to continue her business career by getting into property restoration, and she also plans to initiate an outreach program into her community through her church. More than anything, Minnie hopes to inspire others by her academic success. "By graduating from Ashford, I hope to inspire my two children as well as my seven grandchildren. Pursuing my education has already impacted my daughter - she is in her first year at Ashford and is majoring in Psychology. I am so proud of her for taking that step. My best friend also enrolled at Ashford shortly after I did, and she is in her second year here."
To prospective students, Minnie offers these words of advice: "Ashford offers a flexible schedule that fits with all your prior commitments. They have a staff who make you feel comfortable and welcome, and the most helpful instructors who work with you and offer you individual guidance when needed. It is a great experience - go for it!"