My aspiration is to make this world a better place through education.
Determined to finish his degree, Paul enrolled at Sullivan University (Kentucky) and in 2005 he graduated with his Associate of Arts in Business Management. In 2007, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in management and marketing. Still not satisfied, Paul began to research graduate programs, and he found Ashford University. In June 2010, at age 41, Paul graduated with his Master of Business Administration (MBA), Human Resources Management specialization.
When asked what inspired him not only to finish what he started in 1987, but also to surpass that goal with a graduate degree, Paul explains, "With a proper education, a person can go places in life. Education is a challenging and rewarding experience, and I am happy to have chosen this road. My aspiration is to make this world a better place through education. I want to teach business at the high school level for several years, and then transfer to the collegiate level." He is also considering pursuing a doctoral degree in the future.
Paul chose Ashford University primarily because the curriculum was in line with his goals. "The MBA program at Ashford seemed to encompass the educational requirements that are necessary for the success of future business leaders, and I see myself as part of the future business leadership class." Once enrolled in courses, Paul found that the online environment was challenging, but manageable. "I learned how to be conscious of my time and it has bettered me in other areas of my life. The trick is to keep your eyes on the end goal. If you work hard and stay focused, there are rewards at the end of the road."
Paul is certainly an excellent example of someone who was able to keep that positive perspective. The results of his hard work earned him a place in the top 10% of his class. He was also recognized for his service, leadership, and academics by being inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society.
As an alumnus, Paul reports that his initial impression of Ashford was correct. "I feel that I have gained a competitive advantage over my competition in the labor force as a result of graduating from Ashford University with my MBA."