“Before I joined the military I was completely unfocused and irresponsible,” jokes Katie Whitmire. “I found myself trapped because I had no money, no degree and no way to really change paths and pursue and fund my education. That is when I decided to join the military.”
Whitmire spent three years in the U.S. Army as a 42 R, Army Bandsman. She is now a veteran, is married to an active duty soldier, and is raising their one-year-old son while going to school full-time. Whitmire is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in health sciences online with ASU while also pursuing a nursing degree where she lives in South Carolina.
“I chose the ASU online program because I wanted the flexibility to be able to remain a stay-at-home mom with my baby while still being a full-time student,” says Whitmire. “My online classes allow me to do my homework and attend classes around my and my baby's schedule rather than the other way around.”
Whitmire says that her experience with ASU could not have been better. “I have received personal attention during every step of the process, including: admissions, registration, financial aid, etc.,” says Whitmire. “My advisor has gone out of her way to make sure I'm able to get my degree with the least amount of repeat classes. I get prompt, personal e-mails from Veteran's services whenever I have a question or problem. I had no problems with starting my GI Bill or getting my BAH money or Pell grant money. They laid out the process for me and helped to make it all go smoothly. I feel like the staff at ASU goes out of its way to help Veterans. I just can't tell you how great it's been to attend this school.”
At the end of the day, earning that degree will mean everything to this American hero because of her hero, her son. “Earning my degree means everything to me,” says Whitmire. “Being in school and accomplishing my academic goals makes me feel like I'm living up to my potential, which makes me feel more confident and happy. It also makes me feel more secure about my future and my ability to provide for my family. I know that my son will always be provided for if I continue with my education.”