Anna Ferry - BPS Organizational Studies Concentration Graduate Anna Ferry | BA '20 Professional Studies - Organizational Studies Concentration Photo Provided by Subject As a graduate of UAH College of Professional Studies, Anna Ferry, 22 years old from Cleveland, AL, is pursuing a career in cyber-technology and communications. Get to know Anna a little better. How did the Bachelor in Professional Studies program impact your career path? I'm currently working in cybersecurity and I'm the Corporate Communications Specialist for a company called Mission Multiplier. Right now I'm using the knowledge I gained through the program and applying it in my daily tasks of managing social media, creating internal/external correspondence, and coordinating our community outreach efforts. I plan on transitioning into a more cyber-related role and using my knowledge of organizational behavior to help me as I work with clients to help them achieve compliance. What brought you to the Bachelor in Professional Studies program? I chose the College of Professional Studies because I've been working since I was 16 years old and I couldn't afford to put my life on hold to get my degree. My course of study allowed me to continue to work while I pursued my degree, and I've been able to achieve academic success because of the work/school balance that online classes have provided me. Words of Advice for the Program? Create a plan for yourself and stick to a schedule to stay motivated and on track. I would also regularly meet/talk with your advisor and professors in order to make sure you're doing everything you can to ensure your success. Favorite Quote: "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford Previous Student Spotlights Derrik Landman There are not many native Huntsvillians around, but we are happy that Professional Studies student Derrik Landman is still here! Derrik is a student in UAH’s Bachelor’s in Professional Studies program concentrating in Organizational Studies. We wanted to share Derrik’s background so that we can all get to know him. What brought you to the Bachelor in Professional Studies program? I have a goal to complete my undergraduate degree in a field that will allow me to further my career in human resources. How do you plan to use your degree? After completing my bachelor’s, I’m looking forward to continuing my education by pursuing a Master’s in Human Resources. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Outside of work, I enjoy travel, museums, art and good food. What advice would you give to other adults contemplating a return to school? I would tell a prospective student, ‘just do it, don’t put it off any longer!” Christy Chambers Professional Studies student Christy Chambers hails from Huntsville, but has spent several years of her life living in Mobile and Leadville, Colorado. She’s currently pursuing her Bachelors in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Studies. We caught up with Christy and asked her a few questions so that we can all get to know her better. What brought you to the Bachelor in Professional Studies program? I wanted to earn my Bachelor’s degree and get credit for the college courses I have taken in the past. I know that UAH is a highly accredited university and I wanted to make the most of my educational experience. How do you plan to use your degree? I would like to further my education to prepare me to work with others and be of service within the community perhaps through the fields of public relations, social work, non-profit work, and/or research. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Outside of school and work, I love spending time outdoors hiking, biking, and camping. I have a beautiful daughter who is active in volleyball, softball, and basketball. I love art, music, cooking, and reading. What advice would you give to other adults contemplating a return to school? I believe one should never stop pursuing knowledge and learning; one should always seek to better themselves. Education is one key that can unlock many doors in our journey of knowing ourselves and giving back to our communities, society, and the world. Donda Steen Donda is originally from Starkville, Mississippi but settled here with her husband upon his retirement from the U.S. Army. We sincerely thank her family for their service!! Let's get to know Donda a little better. What brought you to the Bachelor in Professional Studies program? I immediately appreciated the flexibility of the Bachelor in Professional Studies degree and soon found out that there was also a great support system in place to assist students returning to the classroom. How do you plan to use your degree? I have a couple of goals in mind: I would like to teach at a community college, but I would also like to assist with the military spousal programs on a military installation. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? In addition to raising my family, I enjoy working out and hiking when I can during the week. What advice would you give to other adults contemplating a return to school? My advice to any future student is to believe in yourself no matter what your circumstances are, such as age, health or any questionable problem you may have. Just remember, in order to be a success, you may have some failures along the way. However, these are only minor life lessons that keep you focused. Therefore, never become discouraged.