Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” –
Motivation is a strong thing for every one of us. It’s what gets us up in the morning, what compels us to succeed and that which helps us attain our targets.
For many of our university students, motivation is one of the main keys to completing a degree. So when we requested on social media what motivated our students to pursue a master’s level, we weren’t surprised that AMU and APU students share common motivators that prompted them to continue their schooling. These motivators include household, pride and achievement, greater career opportunities along with a love for learning.
“I’m still active-duty Air Force and I have put more time in my master than researching for promotions. For me, a level is for a lifetime; the Air Force could be just 20 years. Also, I wanted to be that role model for my son (he’s 10 months) and establish that education is still significant.” — AMU student, Gerald Wood
“For two reasons: As I create another transition into my life, I would love to teach online so I had to return to college for increased credentials. Also, I am hoping to inspire my daughter to pursue her master’s, also!” — Kathy Andriaccio, APU pupil
“My promise to my mom that I would get my college degree if she let me enlist into the U.S. Army. I received my AA degree, a bachelor’s in criminal justice and my master’s degree in homeland security.” — AMU student, Vernal Theresa Garris
“My son got his master’s degree in distant imaging from George Mason University in 2009, which motivated me to complete my degree in global studies and move forward on a master’s degree in homeland security. If he could do it, so can his momma!” — APU student, Karyle Cohen-Tong
“As a naval officer and father, it’s necessary to me to maximize my options to enhance my career and the quality of life because of my sons.” — J. Nick, AMU student
Pride and Accomplishment
“I felt so ashamed I wasted away 23 years of free education while I had been in the army, therefore I enforced my own self-imposed punishment. To begin with, I would not only get my bachelor’s degree in intelligence studies, but would also earn my master’s degree in homeland security, both within four decades. I made a lot of sacrifices, but it had been worth it in the long run! Having my master has given me a new sense of pride and achievement.” — Larry Johnson II, AMU student
“I was seeking something that would place me over my peers.” — Earl Robin, AMU pupil
Greater Career Opportunities
“The need for continued education and the career possibilities a master’s unlocks. I am thinking about a doctorate program after. Three classes left after this session!” — Malory Pope Ericksen, APU pupil
“Someday, I want to conduct a public security firm and oversee all the operations which are involved. I feel that having a clear comprehension of the”ins” and”outs” of company is the most accountable action I could take prior to undertaking such a duty. Inside my experience and my education, I expect I can make my contribution to my family, my community and my country.” — David Basnak, AMU student
“I want to up my game to enter the career field I need to be in rather than the field I seem to be stuck in. And I really like learning. A lot” — APU student, Jaque Saunders Gill
A Love for Learning
Instagram user and APU pupil @lifebythesea826 stated:”I have a never-ending thirst for understanding. Having the capacity to maintain working fulltime and to pursue my studies at a far more rigorous pace than the brick-and-mortar options was exceptionally appealing.”
“Because I really like taking classes with AMU! I have my A.S. and B.A. using AMU and can not wait to receive my own M.A. in May 2017. After I was injured while serving in the army, taking courses with AMU was the only thing that kept me moving.” — Sharon Stewart, AMU student
“To stop my brain from deteriorating, to show my high-school-aged kids that lifelong learning is more fun and rewarding, and I just love college!” — APU pupil, Marie Purucker
Now that you understand what motivated a few of your classmates to pursue a master’s level, it is your turn! Share with us what motivated you to continue your education in the comments below or around the AMU and APU Facebook pages.