Alyssa Bergeron is proud of her many titles which include mom, wife, and daughter, but she recently added one that she almost didn’t think possible: college graduate. “I did what I never expected myself to do. I did what others never expected me to do. I got my degree, with honors.
“I graduated from high school and, because of how badly I struggled to get through it, I had decided to not go to college. Instead, I joined the Navy. After I gave birth to my oldest son in 2008, I decided to pursue a college degree to prove to my son that education is important.” Alyssa, her husband, and their two children are preparing for a move overseas to Japan from southern California. She attended the commencement ceremony held in San Diego in October 2014 to celebrate the achievement of earning her Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies at age 27.
“I didn't just get through college, I grew with college. I learned so much about my degree, as well as so much about me. The Cognitive Studies program fit me perfectly. And I think the instructors were wonderful in helping to explain what needed explaining, providing information helpful to the course, as well as to the outside world.”
The road to her degree at Ashford University was not always smooth. Alyssa had her second child while taking courses, dealt with a cross-country move, and also had to manage the devastating and unexpected loss of her mother in the weeks of her final course. Through it all, Alyssa kept working toward her goal, a benefit of which was to show her boys to pursue their dreams. “Maybe it will inspire them to obtain the goals that they never thought were possible, just as I did.”
Alyssa is pleased with the quality of education she received and enjoyed the online format. “I think the quality of education is fantastic. My classes were so informative. The online program allowed me to stay at home with my children and dedicate time to them, support my husband in the Navy, as well as allowed me to work hard and meet deadlines on assignments, which I love because I thrive on structure.”
For her future, Alyssa sees good things ahead. “Getting my degree has given me a drive to either pursue further education or start a career soon [in Japan]. One day, maybe, I would even love to work for Ashford. I think Ashford is just one of those places that is so welcoming, you feel like you are where you belong.”