Afton had been working in the finance industry for nearly 10 years when she realized she was unhappy in her job, but she didn’t know what she wanted to do next. She applied for new positions, but only received offers for finance-related roles. She decided to finish her degree, but didn’t have the time or money to quit and go on campus. Her search then moved to online programs. After finding ASU, she applied and, once accepted, started immediately.
“I went through the program quickly,” she says. “It’s been a year and a half, and I will graduate this December.”
While working full-time and taking classes soaks up a lot of hours in her week, Afton says the key to managing it all is discipline.
“I love that ASU has so many resources,” she says. “I’ve talked with my Success Coach and have had a bit of tutoring here and there. I also think it’s awesome that the instructors are really hands on. They introduce themselves, have welcome videos and I can email them anytime. But in the grand scheme of things, you are on your own and have to be accountable for yourself.”