Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2013
Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice, 2013
"Ashford has given me a better outlook on life, and a new confidence."
If you had told Rebecca Falzarano as a child that she would someday grow up to earn a Bachelor’s degree with a double major and graduate with honors, she might not have believed you. An easily bored primary school student, she dropped out of high school before even beginning her freshman year and instead earned her GED. But today, Rebecca is a graduate of Ashford University.
This Seguin, TX resident, who recently moved from North Palette, NE, took online courses at Ashford while working full-time running her family's home-based business, as well as looking after four children and her elderly mother. "I never thought I would enjoy being a student!" said Rebecca while still enrolled. "I love being able to do my homework and participate in classes whenever I want. I can study around my schedule, and with my busy life, that's extremely helpful."
Life has not always been easy for Rebecca. Her first marriage was an abusive one, and her children were removed by the state because of it. Despite the deep depression that resulted, she finally got out of that relationship and found a job on her own. She met her second husband in 2000, and soon thereafter her kids were returned to her.
Rebecca soon realized she wanted to counsel and work with other abused women, as well as children, and perhaps profile offenders. After her new husband suggested Ashford University, she did some research and decided to enroll as a double major in Ashford’s online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice programs.. "Ashford has incredible people who are very helpful and understanding. No matter what questions I ask, someone knows the answer."
Rebecca was very pleased with her experience. She progressed quickly, making the Dean’s List every semester and earning membership in the Golden Key International Honour Society, and graduated Magna Cum Laude at age 42. She is now embarking on a Master’s degree program in psychology at Ashford’s sister school, University of the Rockies, to continue working toward her goal of counseling domestic abuse victims. She has gotten involved in her community through her church, started taking dog training courses, and is learning sign language. And she is thrilled to report that her oldest son has now enrolled at Ashford.
"Ashford has given me a better outlook on life, and a new confidence. It has given me an enormous sense of direction and fulfillment. Ashford has helped give me my life back, and has encouraged and strengthened me to become more empowered. My advisors and instructors have helped me so much and have been encouraging and patient. I have made many new friends and am looking forward to continuing that at University of the Rockies."