After deciding that she wanted to help others by getting a psychology degree, Mary Lerouge knew that attending Ashford University would assist her on this path. “I’ve always been drawn to families and helping others and wanted to use my energy to do something for the greater good.”
Once she enrolled in Ashford, the Middletown, NY resident knew she had made the right decision. “I chose Ashford because of the support system they provided. They helped me stay on track and were committed to helping me reach the end.”
Mary was surprised by how willing the instructors were to help her in any way they could and she was also happy to learn how she could succeed once she committed herself to her schoolwork. She believes she has Ashford to thank for that. “With Ashford, you take each class one at a time and it makes things more manageable. Ashford makes the classroom [user] experience as simple as possible to ensure the focus stays on academic studies.”
She also recognized how imperative a strong support system was to her success, as her instructors, advisors, and family members were there for her from start to finish. “My Admissions Counselor and my Academic Advisor were always there for me whenever I had a problem or needed to reach out. I really feel without the support system I had available, I wouldn’t have been able to complete my degree.”
Mary graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in April 2011 at age 27. After having such a good experience with Ashford, she would like to continue her education elsewhere and get a Master’s degree in social work. She is excited for the future, and looks forward to beginning a career in a field that she knows she loves – and for which she is now better prepared.
Mary hopes to lead others in her life by example. “I hope that graduating from college will inspire my three kids to value education. Education is truly one of the most valuable things you can possess. It is one of the most rewarding things a person can do for themselves, and no one should cheat themselves out of one of life’s most important experiences.”