My life has definitely changed, as I finally discovered what I want to be when I grow up.
Lisa G. Johnson is living proof that it is never too late to discover and follow new passions in life. Although she married and had children soon after high school, she later divorced and found herself a single mom for more than 10 years. Luckily, her second husband encouraged her to return to college, and she earned a Bachelor’s degree in information technology at the age of 48.
Afterward, she transitioned from working in application server support to a project as a traveling trainer for a Fortune 500 company – and everything changed. It was in this role that she discovered her true passion for teaching and learning. But unfortunately, when the project ended, Lisa found herself unable to land another job in this field partly because she didn’t have a graduate degree.
Not one to simply accept this roadblock, she instead decided to do something about it. After a friend recommended Ashford University, Lisa enrolled in the institution’s unique Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology degree due to its emphasis on technology – a decision she doesn’t regret. “I am receiving an education that is top notch. The classes and the assignments reflect the kind of information and skills I will be using in my career.”
While this Louisville, KY-area resident plugs away at her degree, she is also working full-time as a project estimator. “Ashford’s online platform is the main reason I am able to earn a Master’s degree. My life is so busy. Attending a brick and mortar or even an online synchronous program would not work for me.”
Despite the time commitment, the community of instructors and fellow students in the graduate degree program has helped make the experience enjoyable. “Ashford’s faculty and staff members have all been willing to go the extra mile to ensure that I have all of the information needed to succeed, and they have provided encouragement and support, cheering me on throughout this program. Plus, I find myself in awe at how smart my classmates are! I learn so much from having discussions with them each week. It’s nice to get to know them and hear their thoughts and ideas.”
Lisa says she hopes that earning a degree in the field she is passionate about will help her land a job she will look forward to going to every day – because life is too short to do otherwise. “My life has definitely changed, as I finally discovered what I want to be when I grow up. Instead of letting life lead me as I have been, I am now taking control and steering it in the direction I want to go. Ashford is playing a huge part in getting me to where I want to be.”
Lisa completed her Master’s degree in spring 2014 at age 50. Congratulations, Lisa!