Instead, she began working for a nonprofit. Though she learned a lot from the organization, as time went on she became frustrated that her paycheck didn’t reflect the level of responsibility she was being given.
“I would try to go to bat for myself and they’d always bring up education,” she says. “Most of my co-workers had a master’s degree at a minimum. Not having that formal piece of paper was a big point of pain for me, and even when trying to leave, it was hard to get my foot in the door other places.”
She adds, “If I couldn’t grow in a place where people knew who I was, it wasn’t going to be easier to try to find something brand new without a degree. That’s what really prompted me to go back to school.”
Diti went on to complete an associate’s degree in marketing. She then applied to an online communication program at a different school. Though she had all the necessary requirements, the school declined her acceptance.
“To have accomplished something, have momentum going and then have a school tell you no was tough,” she says. “At 30 years old, it was hard to be held to things that had happened when I was 18. But it was a blessing in disguise because that’s how I ended up at ASU.”
After applying to ASU Online, Diti was pleasantly surprised by the amount of support she received from her Enrollment Advisor.