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Degrees Propel Graduate's Career In Higher Education

Mariel Potter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration--management from ANU Online in June. She is currently the administrative assistant to the dean of students at Washington and Lee (W&L) University in Lexington, Virginia, a position that she was promoted to one year ago after holding various other positions. “Getting to work with and know the students is my favorite part of the job,” said Mariel.

College was always important to Mariel. “What made me apply to ANU was that I liked the fact that [the degree] focused on what I needed for the real world,” she shared.

She started on her associate’s degree at the ANU Roanoke Valley Campus in 2008, and at that same time received a promotion at W&L because the hiring manager knew that she was attending ANU to obtain the degree.  After graduating in 2010, she decided to return to ANU to get her bachelor’s degree.  She took her time, since she was working full-time, and took the classes through ANU Online.

“The online program was great and I enjoyed the flexibility,” Mariel recalled. “When I was completing the associate’s degree, I [drove to the Roanoke Valley] Campus for classes three nights a week.”

“What made me apply to ANU was that I liked the fact that [the degree] focused on what I needed for the real world.”

Mariel liked many things about her education at ANU, including “smaller class sizes, the fact that my [instructors] knew me, the class discussions, and field trips to visit area businesses.”  During her first term, she was inspired by her marketing class with instructor Mathew George, which confirmed to her that she had made the right decision in choosing ANU.

Mariel is confident that receiving her bachelor’s degree will lead to advancement in her career.  Five years into the future, she plans to still be working at W&L while earning a master’s degree in leadership or management.  Her ultimate goal is to work in either student or residential life at the University.

“I would recommend ANU to anyone looking to better themselves and improve their skills,” Mariel said. “It is a great place to further your education.”

Photo A-After earning her associate’s degree at the ANU Roanoke Valley Campus, Mariel Potter earned her bachelor’s degree in the business administration-management program through ANU Online.

Photo B-Mariel is using the business skills that she gained at ANU in her career in higher education at Washington & Lee University.

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