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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2011

I started as an on-campus English major with a writing concentration. As an adult learner, I was also working fulltime. I even took 12 credit hours each summer. My job at the time had me take over and work as the "general manager" which I wasn't. My instructors were understanding, but after having to miss so many classes because of working at a corporate motel I had to drop that semester. I was then put on financial aid suspension, and even appealed it twice, and my area manager even wrote a letter explaining what had happened that required I take over the motel. It didn't seem to matter that it was beyond my control and had to drop out otherwise my GPA was suffering. I was working 16-24 hour days regularly and trying to attend on-campus classes. Well, I then was promoted to manager and because I couldn't be on campus all the time I decided to switch my major to sociology so I could take courses online. I did that and also earned the certificate in grant proposal writing. I have yet (almost 7 years after graduating) to be able to use my degree. I even went to cosmetology school in order to get hired because places like McDonald's wouldn't hire me since I'm "too over-qualified" and that has hurt me because I have no way of paying student loans back! I moved from Hays before I completed my BA and received no help from them as an online learner in finding a job with my degree. I did get a good education though but feel it's useless. I'm not taking courses for a master's degree elsewhere. I think FHSU gives great education, but I am still angry I was put on financial aid suspension for no fault of my own, and was never taken off and had to take out private student loans. That was my biggest issue with FHSU! The instructors (most of them anyway) are caring. They have some that are amazing, but of course you get a few here and there that shouldn't be teachers and are vindictive on-campus if you prove what they taught was in fact wrong. I had an A at mid-terms and a C for the course at the end and never received a grade lower than one B! I didn't know as a freshman I could've fought the grade!

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