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My life was forever changed due to the opportunity to complete my education at UA Little Rock. While I might not have had the traditional college experience, I am very proud of how it all came together. It might have been a harder path, but I gained valuable work experience – making great contacts and developing relationships in the financial industry.
I was privileged to work at Worthen Bank when they offered a tuition reimbursement program for business-related degrees. I began attending evening classes after work; the professors were not only knowledgeable but also very engaging as they often shared their own work experiences making the material feel much more applicable. The extra encouragement provided by the professors and staff at UA Little Rock made such a difference, especially towards the end of each semester when we experienced the additional stress of studying for final exams.
I will never forget the amazing feeling when I stood there in my cap and gown with my accounting diploma in hand. That piece of paper paved the way for so many future open doors that I didn’t even realize would be available to me.
I now have the privilege of encouraging others to meet their goals and help them along the way. I hope to be a life-long learner, to continue to grow everyday as a person and encourage others to further their education and chase their dreams. UA Little Rock definitely helped make my dreams become a reality.
Affordable and relevant, a great metropolitan university is critical to the infrastructure of a vibrant city. It also requires a strong alumni association that’s engaged in civic and business leadership throughout the Capital City. UA Little Rock boasts both – with a shared vision for the future. As UA Little Rock celebrates the success of its alumni, the university and alumni reflect on the role the institution plays in the continued economic development of Central Arkansas and the wealth of knowledge is offer current students.