Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2012
“My experience as a student at Ashford University has been the most encouraging, educational, enlightening experience of my life."
Forty-something Noemi Suarez is a single mother of two who has worked as a dental assistant for the last 24 years. Her passion has always been to obtain her degree in Psychology and to work with children. Now a proud alumnae of Ashford, she was still finishing up her degree program when we last spoke to her.
Suarez explained how she discovered the opportunity to complete her degree online through Ashford University: "I looked online to find schools and I was doing some research." She had even enlisted her friends in finding online schools for her. "Everything I read about Ashford was positive. And then, when [Ashford Admissions Counselor] Brandon Bridgman contacted me, he was the most helpful and knowledgeable person. It doesn't matter what the question or what time it is, he has always made himself available for me. To be honest, I have even cried and he has managed to calm me down."
When she was nearing finishing her BA in April 2012, she said she planned to move on to her Master's with Ashford in the near future. "I love the people my classmates are so cool. My instructor is really understanding and down-to-earth. And there is so much help for us online students." What kept Suarez so motivated? "I see myself walking across the stage on graduation day and my two children in the audience cheering me on. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment."
When asked if she has been able to apply her schoolwork to her daily life, she assented whole-heartedly. “I have learned how to recognize unhealthy behavior, and I’ve learned to really listen and understand the basic reasons for why people act the way they do.”
In closing, Noemi reflected on her experience at Ashford with gratitude. “My experience as a student at Ashford University has been the most encouraging, educational, enlightening experience of my life. Every instructor I have had in these past three years has blessed me with a nugget of knowledge that I will forever carry with me. I highly recommend this University and can only pray that God richly bless all the instructors I have come into contact with - they have been such a crucial part of my academic growth and experience!”