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. Previous Student Spotlights Derrik Landman 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 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.