Mike Washington

Age: 39     Campus: Online
Program: Criminal Justice: Major in Administration (formerly Criminal Justice)   
Degree: Bachelor's Degree

What were you doing before Westwood?

Before Westwood, I was working and trying to find the time, motivation and purpose to go to school.

What was your favorite thing about Westwood?

My favorite thing about Westwood was the flexibility, which was very important to me. I was able to do my coursework during the times I felt I was the most productive.

How did you overcome any challenges you faced as a student?

Self-accountability and commitment were the two main things that pushed me beyond the challenges I faced. I wanted to show my kids, my parents and my grandmother that I would be the first in my family to earn a degree. Quitting was not an option.

What's one piece of advice you would give to new students?

Create a study habit and hold yourself accountable to it. It is important to involve others and have fun during the process. My kids were the biggest reason to complete my degree, and I shared my entire education experience with them.

What are you doing today?

Today I am a vice president of admissions and marketing for a design and technology school in Florida. I am also within two terms of completing my MBA5.

How do you define success?

Success to me is accomplishing goals and reaching milestones that the most important people in my life can be proud of. My degree and accomplishments have allowed me to provide a new lifestyle for my children and create a blueprint for them to follow. Not much can compare to the most important people in your life telling you that they are proud of you.

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