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Student Spotlight: Ryan Stanley, BCJ in Criminal Behavior

Ryan Stanley, BCJ in Criminal Behavior

Current occupation: Detective

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

I started my academic career off after I left the military. I finished my first two years at Kent State University. At this time, I also was in Kent State’s police academy. After I graduated from the academy, I was offered a job, so I dropped out of college to pursue a professional career. Now that I have been in the profession for ten years, I realized I needed to finish my degree to pursue more rewarding positions.

Why did you choose to study at Tiffin University?

I choose Tiffin University because I grew up in the area; it is known as a very reputable school. I also chose the school because I knew they had an online program for my degree.

What has been your experience with the program so far?

I have not had many surprises since I have returned. Moodle makes things easy, and the school staff helped with any questions I had along the way. All of my professors have been great and have been very thoughtful in my challenges with my current full-time job and my assignments.

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

I can tell anyone worried about this area because it is difficult at times. I currently work full-time as a detective. I also am part-time on several federal task forces and am on call 24/7 for our county SWAT team. I have a very supportive wife who helps with the kids when I get a heavy assignment load. Also, professors are very understanding when you do get a little behind. If this is something you want, you will make it. If obtaining a degree was easy, all adults would return to school and get it. Make the decision, apply, and get started. Once you get the momentum going, you will look up, and you will be a semester away from graduating like I am.

What keeps you motivated to stay in the program?

My “why” keeps me motivated to stay in this program. There have been several times where I considered stopping. It would be best to have a very solid “why” that will keep you going when times get challenging. I want to provide a better lifestyle for my family, and I know this is one of the obstacles I need to hurdle to get that.

I want to provide a better lifestyle for my family, and I know this is one of the obstacles I need to hurdle to get that.

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

My advice would be to do your research on the programs and tools Tiffin University has to aid you in your process. Do not be afraid to reach out to staff, as they will always help you. Manage your time, and you will be graduating in no time.

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?

I took a risk returning to school in general. It is no secret that college is not cheap. I am getting some aid to go through school, but most of the funds are from my pocket. I took this risk to invest in my future self. So far, I think it has been an excellent investment as I have progressed my education significantly over the past year.

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