“My sister is a domestic violence social worker,” Grace explains. “Helping those who are affected by it is a passion of mine.”
Prior to enrolling with ASU Online, Grace had earned an associate’s degree from a local community college and became a certified paralegal, but she soon discovered there wasn’t much room for growth without a degree. Most of the postings for jobs she was interested in listed a bachelor’s as a major requirement, a realization that would ultimately serve as her motivation for returning to school. She had been working at Starbucks for about five months when she heard about the College Achievement Plan through her sister.
“It worked out perfectly,” Grace says. “The variety of majors ASU Online offers made it an easy choice because I had a variety of interests, and I changed things up a couple times trying to find the right fit.” Ultimately, Grace pursued a degree in criminology and criminal justice.
“Being able to do both made the experience more unique because criminology is a little more specialized than at most schools,” she says. “The classes are more intense and specific.” Prior to enrolling, Grace had always thought of herself as an on-campus student. She quickly learned that one of the aspects of the program she valued most was the convenience of online.