Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, 2010
Master of Arts in Organizational Management, Organizational Leadership specialization
“I am excited to use the knowledge I received at Ashford to help the Airmen I will lead.”
“I decided to go back and finish my degree the day I found out I was pregnant with my first child,” says Anna Mejia. “I wanted to prove to my family that anything is possible.”
Anna initially chose Ashford University to complete her studies because of the school’s participation in the Air University - Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program (AU-ABC) with the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). The AU-ABC program allowed Anna to transfer credits toward her baccalaureate studies. She has been an active member of the Air Force since 1998 and earned two CCAF degrees (in Transportation and Electronic Systems Technology) in 2004.
Another reason Anna chose Ashford was for its online degree options, which were flexible enough for the lifestyle of this Texas-based mom of three whose husband is also in the Air Force. “The benefits of an online education include being able to work school into your busy schedule instead of working your busy schedule around school,” she says. “School was where and when I needed it to be. I could do homework on my lunch break and after the kids went to bed. I wrote papers in the car traveling on family vacations. I could use the apps on my phone and iPad® to keep up on grades.”
This convenience doesn’t mean it was always easy. “There were definitely times when I wanted to give up,” Anna admits. “I am so thankful the classes were back to back. It kept me going. Seeing my degree progress online was a huge motivator.”
In her time at Ashford, Anna has gained acceptance to two honor societies ( SALUTE and Golden Key International Honour Society) and was named the Sheppard Air Force Base’s “Wingman of Choice” for the period of May 20-24, 2013. She is currently finishing her studies toward a Master of Arts in Organizational Management with a specialization in Organizational Leadership, after having received a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management with a minor in Business Administration and a transfer concentration in Computer Science in 2010 at the age of 31.
Anna plans to use her degrees in her new role as a manager in the Air Force. She was promoted to an E-7 rank in early 2013. “I took a three month break from school to study for the promotion test,” she explains. “I am excited to use the knowledge I received at Ashford to help the Airmen I will lead. I hope to inspire the leaders of the Air Force that come after me and I hope to continue in management even after I retire from the Air Force.”
Anna feels her studies at Ashford have left her “well prepared” for the advancements in her career, but more significantly, she is proud of the example she is setting for her family. “I always felt left out not having a degree,” she says. “Now I feel like when my kids are old enough to understand, they will be very proud of me. That is the most important thing.”