Mommy was getting As, too!
o say Jennifer Naeve of DeWitt, Iowa, is a motivated person is an understatement, largely because her motivation is of the rare variety that is also contagious. A wife and mother to two children (Grace and Tanner), and a Marketing Specialist for Mercy Medical Center, Jennifer is also an active member of her community. “I have a passion for volunteering and giving back to the community. I was the PTO president of my children’s elementary school, and I currently serve on several committees." She is also organizing and hosting a benefit in her neighborhood to raise money for St. Baldrick’s, a non-profit organization dedicated to childhood cancer research.
Like many adults, Jennifer attended several colleges and actually earned enough college credit to constitute a degree, but never earned an official Bachelor’s degree. “I truly love what I do and have been very fortunate to get the position I currently hold, but I knew if I wanted to grow in the organization I needed a Bachelor’s degree. Plus, if anything happened to my current position I would need a degree to be marketable. I have tons of experience and connections, but you need that degree, as well."
Jennifer chose Ashford because it is located in the same city as her work: Clinton, Iowa. “The program gave me the opportunity to transfer as many credits as possible, making my goal of a degree attainable." For Jennifer, the greatest challenge of returning to school was learning to manage her time. “Being a full-time employee, a mom, and a wife who runs a home, as well as a volunteer and a person who loves spending time with friends and family, going back to school was and still is an adjustment." Fortunately, Jennifer has a wonderfully supportive husband and the added motivation of setting an example for her children. “I expect the best out of my kids and through this college experience I was able to show them that I have the same standards for myself. I always let them see my grades so that they know Mommy was getting As, too!"
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management degree in April 2011 at age 37. “I have a true sense of accomplishment every time I finish a class. It was a big decision to go back to school, but I am so glad I did. The knowledge you gain from going to school can be implemented every day in all aspects of your life. My degree also gives me peace, knowing I have the skills to be promoted or to market myself in the future."