Jesse applied, and was accepted into the online Software Engineering Program in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, but after reassessing his timeline and future goals, shifted his focus to organizational leadership.
Juggling school, work and a family makes for a full day, everyday.
“I’m up around 4:30 or 5:00am, get to work around 6:00am, hit the gym, then work a full day. I get home and take some time to relax and be a dad and husband, then use the evening for schoolwork. It's all about coordination, if something falls off my plate, I have to reorganize and prioritize.”
In terms of support services, Jesse has found help through tutoring services, ASU 42 (ASU Online student orientation), Financial Aid Advisors and the Pat Tillman Veterans Center. He especially appreciated the writing support around APA formatting and citations.
Jesse’s piece of advice for future Sun Devils; take the first step!
“The hardest part is taking the first step, it’s 90% of the challenge. The rest is keeping the momentum going. It doesn’t matter if it’s 3 credits or 15 credits, make a plan and get it done. There will always be distractions, a demanding boss, family obligations, but you just have to navigate them and figure it out.”