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Before enrolling in a degree completion program, many student’s wonder if finishing their degree is an attainable goal. People from all backgrounds— including those who left college for personal reasons, those who want to convert their associate into a bachelor’s degree, military servicemembers, and many others—are able to take the next step in their education and, ultimately, their careers. Below, Northeastern students and alumni share how they achieved their goals, and how you can too. Explore these student stories to learn about the journey of earning a bachelor’s degree and see what it’s like to be a student at Northeastern.

Going Back to School at Any Age: An Alumna’s Story
Renea Smith, senior director of enrollment at Northeastern University, shares her inspiring story of returning to college at 32 to become the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree. More
January 30, 2020
Balancing Work and School: Dumazo Ngesina Shares His Story
Dumazo Ngesina, a student in Northeastern's Lowell Institute School, had to balance work and college to reach his goals. Here is his story.  More
February 7, 2019
First Generation College Students: 9 Tips for Success
Renea Smith, senior manager of Enrollment Operations, offers advice to other first-generation college students looking to overcome their doubts and earn a degree. More
December 5, 2018
Balancing a Bachelor’s Degree with Active Duty: Ryan Daley Shares His Story
Northeastern College of Professional Studies alumnus Ryan Daley describes his transition from the military to the classroom. More
April 4, 2018
Balancing College and Family: Christina McMahon Shares Her Journey
Juggling coursework, a full-time job, and family commitments isn’t easy, but McMahon encourages everyone to try. More
February 1, 2018