Though Laura Foote-Leedy had received a number of substantial promotions during her nursing career, it became obvious that not having a bachelor’s degree would soon make her ineligible for management positions.
Even though this seemed like the natural next step, Foote-Leedy assumed it might be impossible for her to pursue a bachelor’s degree. She suspected the cost likely would be prohibitive, but was surprised to learn otherwise.
“When I first met with Huntington staff, they assured me that they would make it happen for me,” Laura says. “They told me not to let a lack of funds stop me because they would work it out.” The staff did help Foote-Leedy figure out how to pay for for her classes. “I was amazed at the level of helpfulness!” she says.
Experiencing Huntington University's adult degree program with a small group of individuals led to a strong sense of camaraderie, which Laura enjoyed. “The small group made me more comfortable expressing myself. I could see everyone’s confidence rise,” she says. “In my career to date, I had been relatively insulated. It was enlightening to get viewpoints from my fellow classmates, whose experiences came out of business and industry, missionary work, and home schooling.”
She adds: “I felt lucky to have my classes taught by full-time professors and well-credentialed experts working in the field. They were always well prepared and related business theory to real-world experiences. I focused on learning as much as I could. I concentrated on one class, one assignment at a time. That way it didn’t seem overwhelming.”