Shamry Salley is a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management student in her third year at South University Online Programs. Her sparkling personality and inspirational attitude has made her a very successful Peer Ambassador since December 2011. Shamry was able to give us a few minutes of her time to answer some questions about how she feels about the South University Online Programs community:
Why did you decide to attend South University Online Programs?
I decided to attend South University Online Programs because I wanted to finish what I started years ago. After I had graduated from High School, I went off to college and dropped out my sophomore year because I started working at a great job that offered excellent benefits. However, as I got older and lost my job around 2008, I realized that I should have listened and paid attention to the college recruiters that came to my high school and told us, “having a college degree is what opens doors to a wide variety of opportunities.” I started my journey here at South University Online Programs on November 11th, 2009, and I’m so thankful that I made the decision to go back.
What are some challenges you’ve faced as a new student and how did you overcome them?
Online college can be very challenging because your academic environment is based solely online. This means no teachers to show you step by step how to reach an answer, no meeting area for students to mingle and get to know each other, no one to call on when you need some academic or personal advice, and books have to be accessed online. I feared that I was not going to excel in courses, which terrified me, because I have the biggest math phobia! I worried and worried so much about the math courses that I would put off my math courses, until I started mingling and joining different academic organizations, such as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. My actions paid off! I made some friends, including my best friend Jami, who has tutored me for my math and accounting courses. I just had to first stop worrying, and have faith in myself, because self-doubting will bring nothing but bad results.
What are your favorite resources at South University Online Programs?
I love to go to the South University Online Programs Online Library when I have to search for credible sources and information to compose research papers and different analysis on a certain topic(s). One of my favorite source search engines is ProQuest Journals. I like it because all you have to do is type in just a few words of your topic or question and a variety of related articles show up. I also love the Commencement pages because I’m able to see other South University Online Programs students from previous to current years graduate! I like to pretend it’s me graduating, and I sit at my laptop smiling, picturing myself walking across the stage to accept my degree. This is what motivates me to continue pushing forward through all doubts, fears and “I want to give up” moments, knowing that I have something to look forward to, my graduation.
How did you become involved with the student community?
I became involved with the student community by constantly networking. I simply stood up to the plate and vowed to make myself known amongst my peers here at South University Online Programs. I enjoy interacting and networking with students and faculty members wherever I go because you never know what kind of affect you may have upon a person and their personal and/or academic life. When I started at South University Online, I was alone and very nervous. When I began networking and engaging in conversation with other peers, in my classroom, through Connections, or by joining different academic organizations it really improved my outlook.
Tell us what it’s like to be a Peer Ambassador – in what ways are YOU a good resource for new students.
What’s like to be a Peer Ambassador? Hmm… you really want to know? It’s super-dee-duper!! I love being a Peer Ambassador because this position allows me to interact with all students. Not just new students, but ALL students who are in need of help, advice, motivation, encouragement, a listening ear, an internet shoulder to cry on, whatever. I’m an excellent resource for new students because I’m experienced and can give a quick response to questions. If there is something I do not know, I will find the answer as soon as I can. I want students to know they can come to me if they need help. While traveling this college road, there are unexpected bumps and they can take you by surprise, I am always here to help navigate through it.
What are your future goals?
One of my goals that I’m working toward is graduating either Summa Cum Laude or Magna Cum Laude. I can and will achieve this goal by continuing to work and study hard in each of my classes. Staying dedicated is a 100% effective way to maintain a high GPA as well as make excellent grades. A second future goal is to become employed after graduation. I want a job that will allow me to help others. So far, I’ve been spending my time searching for internships in local hospitals and medical facilities, so that I can reach my goal of graduating with experience in my desired field. My third goal is to lose weight and feel better about myself. This has been challenging, but well worth it. Just like getting my degree, it’s hard work involved, but in the end, it is well worth all the stress, tears, fears, ups and downs.
If you would like to learn more about Shamry or our other Peer Ambassadors, join us for our New Student Meet & Greet on August 21st at 8pm ET! Make sure to reserve your spot today - register here.
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