Celebrating two Generations of Sun Devils

Via ASU Now

ASU offers academic opportunity for students from all walks of life who need help balancing the responsibilities of their personal lives without sacrificing a high-quality college education. Diane Gubran — along her with her son, Konrad — demonstrate how ASU is helping students achieve their academic goals.

In 1984, Diane was a journalism student at California State University-Northridge who was more interested in living life to the fullest than doing schoolwork. After one semester, Diane dropped out and found work in the mortgage industry. She grew comfortable in her career until her lack of a degree resulted in getting passed over for a promotion.

Although she still dreamed of returning to school to earn a college degree, she struggled to complete her coursework between her roles as a mother, wife, and career woman. Despite her many responsibilities and frequent travel, she tried attending one course at a time to chip away towards completing her degree.

During a business flight in 2010, Diane heard a radio advertisement for Arizona State University’s online campus, ASU Online. After applying to ASU Online, Diane found the flexibility and accessibility that she needed in higher education to complete her college degree.

After graduating, she passed on her satisfaction of her college experience at ASU to her son, Konrad. By Fall of 2015, Diane helped her son move into the Hassayampa Academic Village at ASU’s Tempe campus.

While Konrad earns his degree, Diane is using her new degree in the mortgage industry as a Servicer Oversight Manager. She has recently received an offer of a 60 percent tuition credit from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Learn more about Diane and Konrad’s story.

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