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angela bourne

Student Spotlight: Angela Bourne, MBA Healthcare Administration

Current occupation: Manager

What made you decide to pursue your degree as an adult?

I always wanted to further my education, but it also always seemed like there was one reason or another on what held me back. Once I became a mom, I knew that I wanted the best life for me and my son as well as showing him that anything is possible once you set your mind to it no matter how hard it can be.

Why did you choose to study at Tiffin University?

I chose Tiffin University because at the time I was working at our local hospital, and I needed a online school that was one that offered my career degree I wanted and also would be able to work with me and my busy schedule of being a mom as well as working full time.

What has been your experience with the program so far?

My experience that I have from going online through Tiffin was one that was a very good experience. I will admit the struggle was there but with Professors that understood and wanted to help I couldn’t of asked for a better online program.

How has your experience been with your cohort and faculty?

I think that the interactions between other students as well as professors was one that was an amazing experience. At first beginning I wasn’t sure how the online schooling would go and if I would be able to get the education that I needed online, but I was wrong the experience that you receive and my classmates in each class allowed me to meet and work with other people from all over the world.

How are you juggling work, life, and going back to school? Any tips?

This is where online schooling worked best for me. It allowed me to work full time as well as be a single mom and still be able to do my classes and all the work that I needed to do. My advice to other students would be to not give up. It takes time to get the hang of what fits for each individual, but once you find that your experience and learning will grow that much more.

What keeps you motivated to stay in the program?

My son keeps me motivated to keep on going. I want him to see that nothing is impossible that even when things get tough you do not give up and in the end my degree in healthcare administration will shine bright.

What advice would you give to a prospective student who is thinking about going back to school?

I always thought I was maybe too old to further my education. That I had pretty much passed the boat up on getting a degree to better my life, but in reality, age does not matter. Getting a degree is the best feeling you can get and one that can happen any time in your life.

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?

In 2007 after my son was born, I became very sick. No doctor around where I lived knew what was going on. I couldn’t eat I went for days not eating and was dropping weight and becoming weaker and weaker. The doctors kept telling me it was baby blues from just having my son, but I knew it was way more than that. I fought with everything I could for them to listen that something just wasn’t right that I know my body and to please help me figure out what was going on so that I could be the mom I needed to be to my newborn son. Finally, after pleading that something wasn’t right, they sent me to a specialist. I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease which is where your thyroid attacks your immune system and by that time was attacking all my organs as well. The doctor told me I was lucky I got to her when I did, or I may not have survived. My body was completely shutting down. I had to undergo radiation in order to kill off the thyroid and am now taking medications daily as well as thyroid scans every six months to make sure that thyroid cancer does not occur.

What I gained from this experience was courage to keep on fighting. I knew something wasn’t right and I knew that without my voice being heard I may not be here today. It showed me to never give up keeping on fighting and has helped me through life struggles, being a mom, my schooling, and just about everything that comes into my life. I am thankful for that experience even though it was a scary one because it has made me who I am today.