Jennifer Davis, Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Justice Administration
Current occupation: Mental Health Worker
What made you decide to pursue your degree as an adult?
I have always wanted to have a higher degree of education and even as an adult, I strive to be the best I can be and to show my daughter that no matter how old you are, you can still go back to school. I spent a majority of my younger adult life caring for a special needs child and working low-wage jobs just to survive as a single parent.
Why did you choose to study at Tiffin University?
Tiffin University was one of the few colleges that accepted my transcript from Brown Mackie College for a degree transfer and to go from an Associate level to a Bachelor level education. The transfer was easy, and I was able to keep all of my previous credits.
What has been your experience with the program so far?
I have really enjoyed taking classes with Tiffin University. The teaching staff and academic advisors have been extremely helpful considering I am what they would call a non-traditional student. The technology has been easy to navigate, and IT is quick to respond if there are any issues.
How has your experience been with faculty?
The teachers and advisors are great with understanding there are complications that could arise and how to be helpful when that happens. If I have a question or a concern about anything school related, I can always expect a response within 24 hours or less to help answer my questions.
How are you juggling work, life and going back to school? Any tips?
I have been juggling work, family, & school for the past decade. The only reason I have continued to make it, is to know when to take a break for my own good, and to take a steady pace. I take one class at a time to ensure I do not get burnt out and overworked, which can lead to stress and mental exhaustion. Everyone is always in a rush to graduate as fast as possible, but you have to go at a pace that is comfortable for you. Afterall, we all have unique situations, and it is best to always be true to yourself.
What keeps you motivated to stay in the program?
My motivation to graduate keeps me in the program. I will be the first in my family to graduate from college. I have career goals that can only be achieved with higher education.
What advice would you give to a prospective student who is thinking about going back to school?
I feel it is never too late to do something you have always wanted to do, like gain a higher level of education. We have just this one life, let us not live in regrets of what we could have done. Seeking out higher education is a humbling experience, and it can help a person to grow to be a better version of themself.
TU’s motto is: Without risk there is no gain. Can you tell us about a time when you took a risk and what you gained from it?
My biggest risk in life has been the financial costs of obtaining my degree. I pay out of pocket for every class I take, which means money I could have used elsewhere for myself and my daughter. I tell myself everyday this will be worth it in the end. My second risk has been the time and energy I have used in order to maintain my grades and time I feel guilty about when I am not spending it with my daughter. I am grateful she understands the sacrifices I am making will be a great benefit to us later down the road once I have graduated with my degree.