Not Tuckered Out Yet
By Troy Osenkarski, B.A. in English Language and Literature Student
After serving in Iraq in 2003, it’s no surprise Jason Tucker has readily handled working more than 50 hours a week while taking two to three classes a term.
“The Air Force gave me the discipline to achieve my goals,” he says.
Tucker felt the two colleges he attended in Florida fell short on offering online programs. He had a limited amount of time, so he enrolled in SNHU’s online M.S. in Accounting program in 2006.
“SNHU stands out for being nonprofit. I liked how they … focused on what really matters, the student,” he says.
Pursuing his degree, he used his funding from the G.I. Bill to take as many as three courses a term.
“I wanted to get it done,” he laments. “I got no sleep.”
With the help of family and friends, he grabbed life by the reins and got to work.
“Family support is crucial,” he says. “I could not have done this without my wife.”
With help from advisors and instructors, he knows he will succeed.
“If something came up, a simple email to a professor or a call to my counselor, and I knew everything would be all right. They took into consideration that we too had lives to live,” he said.
Now working for Pinnacle Print in Birmingham, Alabama, he’s changed jobs four times since enrolling.
“Luckily, I’ve never had to move for my jobs. We hope to move out east or west, when I find a job in international accounting,” he said.
After graduating this year, he plans to earn his CMA and CPA credentials. He also has a few immediate ideas.
“I plan on taking my wife to Maggie Valley in the Smoky Mountains, start a family and catch up on some sleep,” he said.