Stephanie Brendel-Schicchi began working as an administrative assistant right out of high school in the 1980s. During the year 2012, she thought hard about the idea of wanting to go back to school to earn her degree. This was a decision that changed her life for the better.
“The degree was what I needed to get out of that role,” she explains. Brendel-Schicchi now works as a Quality Specialist in Quality Operations and Planning for a pharmaceutical company, and is responsible for the management of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Office.
“My job consists of managing the SOP Office, facilitating SOP committee meetings, and reviewing and authoring procedures. Also, an important aspect of my position is to work closely with vendors to author workflows of best practices for new and upcoming document management systems. A corrective and prevention action plan (CAPA) task force is an area that I am currently developing in order to manage a system on a global scale to include an escalation plan, as well as input for a tool to manage these CAPAs. By enrolling at South University, I was recognized as being promotable by having my Associates degree along with the goal of earning my Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences by 2016. With the Associates degree in hand, I went from an administrative assistant to a Quality Specialist.”
Brendel-Schicchi is now enrolled in South University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program with a targeted graduation date of December 2016. With her experience at South University, she has been able to share some advice for anyone considering a return to school after years away from a learning environment.
“Be on time with homework assignments by keeping a diary so you don’t lose track and get behind. Do more than the minimum on discussion responses and always make sure they are substantive, and don’t be shy about asking questions of the instructor when needed. It is always best to be well informed of the instructor’s expectations,” she explains.
“I wish I could have started college right out of high school, but it wasn’t in my life’s plan at that moment. Going back to school was a big decision and hard choice to make, but after enrolling I knew I couldn’t give up, because education is the most important aspect of my life right now.”
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