Degree: Medical Office Administration
Graduation Year: 2020
"At first, I admit that I was skeptical of going back to school at age 41, because of the number of years it had been since I had any type of formal education. I was a divorced Mom whose only son had just graduated from High School and had no real direction, after all, I had been just "Mom" since I was 18 years old. Stephanie from admissions had called and truly inspired me. She was thoughtful, patient, energetic, and took the time to answer every single question I asked thoroughly. I was then contacted by Financial Aid, and was equally as impressed by the time spent to explain the loan process to me. Every single Advisor, Instructor, Financial Aid Counselor, etc. that I have encountered along my journey has treated me with nothing but respect, courtesy, and a positive attitude. I have been able to call, text, and email all of my Instructors, at any given time, for guidance, support, and to answer my questions the entire time I have been a UMA student. Discussion forums and a broad social network of fellow UMA students have helped me to feel like I am not alone in this. I would also like to add that their slogan that "UMA Cares" is a fact that I have experienced on two of the scariest days of my life. The first being the sudden death of my Mother on Christmas last year, only two months after I enrolled. The second was on my 41st birthday, September 14th, when I suffered a Myocardial Infarction (or heart attack) and had to have surgery to place a stent in the artery that supplies blood to the actual heart muscle. It was terrifying because I had 100% blockage and nearly did not survive. The concern and genuine affection I felt from UMA staff was overwhelming and I will never forget it as long as I live. I am proud to say that, despite the most difficult obstacles I have ever faced, I was able to maintain my 4.0 GPA. I was accepted into the Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society and I am an official UMA Ambassador! I graduate in just a few short months and I hope that my story will help you all to see that if you really want a purpose and need direction, then UMA is the school to guide you. It has been the best decision of my life, and truth be told, UMA is a fantastic place to gain your diploma or degree. There are those that do not take full advantage of the resources provided, and they may try to sway you away from UMA, but do not allow them to discourage you. It is a huge decision and your life will be forever changed, so do not let others make your life's decisions for you, myself included. I can only tell my story and hope that someday I may read yours here. Thank you for your time,"