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Student Spotlight: Nancy Adkins

by South University
November 7, 2015

“As a lifelong learner, I understand that it takes skills and knowledge to lead and pursue a productive life,” says Nancy Adkins, a South University, Online Programs student pursuing her Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies degree.

As for the motivating factor behind her interest in Paralegal Studies, it’s simple. “This will enhance my ability to give back and to help someone else,” she explains.

Serving her community is nothing new for Nancy. For the past 8 years, Nancy has been a life coach mentor at a juvenile detention facility in Detroit. She has also served as a volunteer at Vista Maria Girls Youth Home as well as been involved in many other activities through her church.

“My work experience in management at the 36th District Court in Detroit, Michigan, along with volunteering in my community and caring for others has been the catalyst, through education, for the accomplishments that I have made,” she says.

Through the combination of these experiences, Nancy is confident that she is gaining the leadership, research and problem-solving skills she needs to be effective as a paralegal.

South University, Online Programs Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director for Legal Studies, Lisa K. Dunham, Esq. agrees. ”Ms. Adkins is an extremely bright, articulate and hardworking woman with good work habits and a clear vision of her future,” she says. “In class, Ms. Adkins was eager to learn, attentive and enthusiastic, and, she performed exemplary work.”

In part, Nancy credits her diligence and focus on education to being raised by an elementary school principal who instilled in her the importance of knowledge. “I know that education is the key to success as it relates to all aspects of life and it has given me the ability to succeed in past endeavors,” she says.

In 2015, Nancy was awarded the South University Path to Graduation Scholarship from the Education Foundation. “Receiving this scholarship will help me to continue and finalize the direction I started many years ago as I have overcome many obstacles along the way,” explains Nancy. “I am determined to reach my goal.”

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by South University
November 7, 2015
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Student Spotlight: Kinte Nance

by South University
November 4, 2015

For Kinte Nance, South University is a family affair. His sister started an associate’s degree program in 2011 and he followed suit in 2012, pursuing his Associate of Science in Allied Health Science degree from South University, Online Programs.

When life got in the way, Kinte took a brief break from school, but, he says, when his sister graduated in 2014, “I promised her that I would jump back in. I called my counselor and said, I’m going all in and I’m not going to stop.” Since then, Kinte has stayed true to his word.

Formerly a combat medic in the US Military, Kinte stayed in the medical field after he left the military, growing and expanding his knowledge until he’d held a number of different positions and felt that he’d reached a plateau. The desire to continue advancing and providing more for his family prompted him to decide that it was time to go back to school, first to pursue an associate’s degree and eventually a nursing degree. “I have always wanted to help individuals in need, to save and change lives,” he explains.

Right now, between his full-time job, schoolwork, and four children, Kinte stays more than busy. “It is exhilarating,” he says, laughing as he proceeds to describe his typical day, which starts at 5:30am with going to the gym. After working a full day that starts at 8am, he picks up his kids, takes them to the YMCA and then home, perhaps having a tea party with his daughter before putting the kids to bed. All this leaves him with about two to three hours at night to devote to his classes.

“That’s when I focus on my schoolwork--getting it all turned in and making sure everything’s right so that I keep my grades up,” he says. “It’s hard, but my father always said ‘Hard work brings success.’”

Asked about his time at South University, Kinte simply replies, “It’s phenomenal.” For Kinte, a lot of his satisfaction comes down to the strong backbone of support provided by his graduation team. “When they answer the phone and I say ‘Hey!’, they know my voice, they know who I am and it feels like I am a friend,” he says. “They are always checking up on me and keeping me in the loop. I’ve been through a lot this year and they were there to support me, talk me through it, and to give me the courage to keep going and keep applying myself.”

In 2015, Kinte’s hard work helped him to earn a South University Path to Graduation Scholarship from the Education Foundation. “I’m not always good at putting my thoughts into words, but when I had the opportunity to apply, I said, what’s it going to hurt? I wrote my essay, applied, and then I heard that I got it,” he recalls. “I was ecstatic, not even about the money, but just knowing that I put the work in and then got the acknowledgment from the scholarship panel.“

Offering a combination of support and flexibility, South University has been the perfect fit for Kinte. “Any other school I probably would have had to quit or stop working” he says. “ South University has given me a stepping stone. It’s a very strong vehicle moving me forward to where I want to be.”

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by South University
November 4, 2015
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Student Spotlight: Christine Greenwood

by South University
October 30, 2015

As far back as she can remember, Christine Greenwood has always been passionate about pursuing a life of service and a career in the field of law. When she tried jobs in other fields, her heart, she says, was never in it. Only when doing working related to law did she feel to be in her element.

When she completed a certificate program in Paralegal Studies at a school near her home, she was excited to be back on the path she wanted. Even after earning her certificate, however, Christine wanted to do more. This time, she found South University, Online Programs and enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program.

“I wanted an online program so I was not confined to work at a pace set by someone else,” she says. “I really felt lucky to find South University!”

At South University, Christine has found her courses well-rounded and challenging. Throughout her program, she has maintained good grades and been on the President’s List four times. During the time in which she’s been working on her degree, she has also obtained several Westlaw Next training certificates related to legal research. In 2015, Christine received the South University Path to Graduation Scholarship from the Education Foundation in recognition and support of her educational commitment.

”I take my work, grades and education in general very seriously,” says Christine. “I wholeheartedly feel that you get out of your education what you put into it.”

Christine is appreciative of the faculty and staff she’s encountered at South University, particularly her Admissions Representative, Academic Counselor, and Student Finance Counselor. “I cannot say enough awesome things about them,” she says. “They have listened to me rant, cry and have laughed with me throughout my time at South University and I am thankful to them for that. I am truly going to miss having them in my life when I am finished my degree."

Currently, Christine is a Notary Signing Agent and a commissioned Notary Public in the State of Pennsylvania, regularly finding opportunities to help others in need. “I have utilized my being a Notary Public by providing traveling Notary services for those who are hospitalized, in assisted living, and similar situations,” she explains.

Christine plans to complete her program at South University by the end of this year and to soon apply to Temple University Beasley School of Law. “I am excited for what the future may hold but I am also saddened to see my time at South University end,” she says. “I will always remember it as a positive highlight in my life, one then enabled me to obtain knowledge, experience and friendships. I find it difficult to articulate accurately how much I have enjoyed my time at South University, and I will always recommend South University to anyone who will listen!”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@southunivers ity.edu.

See suprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, alumni success, and other important info.

by South University
October 30, 2015
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Student Spotlight: Leslie Cetta

by South University
October 28, 2015

“I think it's my ambition that continues to motivate me, despite difficulties or obstacles,” says South University, Online Programs student Leslie Cetta. “I understand how important education can be.”

For Leslie, who is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, her academic goals are driven not only by career ambition but also by a love of learning, a desire for personal growth and a hope that she will serve as positive example for her son. “He needs to see how important an education is, how pushing yourself to achieve your goals can be rewarding, and most importantly, how to persevere even when things get difficult,” she says.

Currently, Leslie works as an Administrative Operations Manager at a pathology lab, where, after earning her bachelor’s degree, she may next be eligible for the Director of Operations position. “South University is helping me grow towards my career goals by providing me with the education and information I need to continue to advance in the medical field,” explains Leslie. “I am able to apply what I have learned in the classroom to situations in real life, and I have already seen a difference in the way I handle various scenarios at work.”

As a single, working parent, Leslie finds the flexibility of South University, Online Programs invaluable. Of her academic experience, she says, “I have enjoyed the interactions in the classroom, and the professors have been wonderful.”

According to at least instructor, Donald Peace, an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business at South University, Online Programs, the feeling is mutual. “I am very proud to have had someone of the caliber of Ms. Cetta in my classroom at South University,” he says. “In the classroom, she offered insightful discussion and promoted dialog that assured me that she was knowledgeable about the subject matter at hand.”

Leslie is also a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and the National Association of Professional Women. In 2015, Leslie was awarded a South University Path to Graduation Scholarship from the Education Foundation. While Leslie will apply the award toward paying down her student loans, the recognition is what’s most important to her and what continues to motivate her to finish what she’s started. “To me, it means that my hard work, effort and dedication have been recognized.”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@southunivers ity.edu.

See suprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, alumni success, and other important info.

The following business programs at South University, Online the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration, Accelerated Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and Accelerated Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ([ACBSP] 11520 West 119th Street; Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356; www.acbsp.org). Other programs in the College of are excluded from ACBSP’s scope of accreditation. These programs include: Associate of Science in Accounting, Associate of Science in Business Administration, Association of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology, Master of Science in Leadership and Doctor of Business Administration.

by South University
October 28, 2015
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Student Spotlight: Kaley DuPont

by South University
October 24, 2015

Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, so when asked about her experience in the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management program at South University, Online Programs, it should be no surprise that Kaley DuPont describes it as both challenging and rewarding.

“I enrolled in South University’s Healthcare Management program to further pursue my dreams of helping others,” she says, noting that she’s always gravitated toward the healthcare field.

In fact, when she decided it was time to further her education in the field, Kaley already had eight years of healthcare experience under her belt, including roles as a Pharmacy Trainer and as a Senior Technician at a retail pharmacy.

“I did some research on schools with Healthcare Management and Physician Assistant programs that would accept most of my transfer credits from another college,” she explains. “After narrowing down my search, I knew I needed a solely online program in order to fit my busy schedule.”

Upon speaking with an Admissions Representative at South University, Online Programs, she knew she’d found the place for her.

For a time, Kaley attempted to juggle working full time with raising a family and going to school full time, but eventually Kaley decided to take a break in her career to fully pursue her academic goals. “To better provide for my family, I needed to focus more on my education,” she explains.

As a stay-at-home mom of two toddlers, however, she still has very few quiet moments. “My recommendation is to be extremely organized and focused and to set goals and develop a routine that you're able to manage and stick with,” suggests Kaley. “There will be nights that you have to stay up late in order to complete assignments and times where you feel like you cannot go any further. Small routines, timelines, positive energy, and the passion to succeed will push you all the way.”

Since enrolling in the Healthcare Management program, Kaley has worked hard to earn good grades and dedicate herself to her studies and was recently awarded a 2015 Path to Graduation Scholarship from the Education Foundation. “I am extremely blessed and grateful for the financial opportunity that the scholarship has provided,” she says.

After graduating, Kaley plans to pursue a physician’s assistant program and eventually run a MedSpa in the town where she lives. “I have always found helping others rewarding,” she says. “To see a patient smile, to see insecurities in new moms drift away, to help teenagers find their confidence—this pushes me every day to be a better student and reach for my goal.”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. [Insert school name and address] © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@southuniversity.edu.

See http://ge.southuniversity.edu/programoffering/1538 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, alumni success, and other important info.

The following business programs at South University, Online the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration, Accelerated Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and Accelerated Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ([ACBSP] 11520 West 119th Street; Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356; www.acbsp.org). Other programs in the College of are excluded from ACBSP’s scope of accreditation. These programs include: Associate of Science in Accounting, Associate of Science in Business Administration, Association of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology, Master of Science in Leadership and Doctor of Business Administration.

by South University
October 24, 2015
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