SNHU Grad Pairs Psych with a Master’s in Marketing

When Naeem Jaraysi ’20G earned his bachelor’s diploma in psychology, he knew he wasn’t executed with college. He noticed firsthand the significance and longevity of schooling and was decided to set himself up for a way forward for potentialities. When his mother and father moved to the U.S. from the Middle East, he stated their schooling opened them as much as alternatives that impacted the entire household.
“I would like that very same future for myself and my future household,” Jaraysi stated.
Although psychology is a nice ardour of his, he didn’t see himself working in the scientific setting. Instead, what him extra was social psychology and client habits, which led him to pair his undergraduate diploma with a grasp’s diploma in advertising and marketing. He hoped to forge a new profession path in advertising and marketing, touchdown a position in the sphere and ultimately advancing to a digital specialist or advertising and marketing administration place.
He didn’t simply need a enterprise diploma with a give attention to advertising and marketing. He wished a program that plunged him into the world of selling, targeted completely on the occupation and finding out topics resembling digital advertising and marketing and social media advertising and marketing with the hopes of touchdown a place on a advertising and marketing group.
That’s the place Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) got here in.
“What led me into SNHU was I used to be different faculties, and form of evaluating the levels that that they had and the totally different focuses that they supplied,” Jaraysi stated. “And SNHU principally gave me essentially the most choices in addition to one of the best focus that I may discover.“
Help Along the Way
As an undergraduate, Jaraysi attended in-person courses on a school campus. While he took a couple of on-line programs, he wasn’t positive what to anticipate from a program that was completely on-line. “I believed I could be studying all my on my own and alone, however all through the method, I spotted that I can attain out to individuals every time I have to,” he stated.
His educational advisor, Laura Jones, was a kind of individuals he knew he may rely on for help. “She helped me out a lot, and she or he would attain out a lot and guarantee that I used to be doing alright,” Jaraysi stated. Their conversations weren’t nearly his coursework – she additionally requested him about different sides of his life. 
“It form of grew to become a friendship extra than simply her being my advisor,” he stated. “… It was a shock to listen to that someone really cared about extra than simply my homework and my grades, however to care about how I used to be doing at house and the way that impacts my college life as nicely.”
Beyond the weekly dialogue boards, Jaraysi additionally obtained to satisfy and work with classmates by means of group tasks. “SNHU is totally different than my earlier expertise in the sense that there was a lot extra interplay with different college students in the net courses … That actually helped me join with individuals despite the fact that we had been thus far aside,” he stated.
He discovered the coursework to be difficult, serving to him develop his vital pondering and analysis abilities. Whenever he had questions on coursework, he stated his instructors had been fast to reply and supply assets every time vital. “I positively did really feel just like the instructors had been specialists in their very own rights, and so they knew precisely what they had been speaking about in every class,” Jaraysi stated. 
What appealed to him most was the collective effort to work with him as he labored by means of his diploma. “I knew SNHU was a reliable establishment from day one,” he stated. “…The folks that I talked to – everybody was actually simply heat, and so they wished me to succeed.”
The help didn’t cease when he completed, both.
Several months after finishing his diploma, he was shocked to obtain a name from SNHU Career Services – a useful resource out there to all SNHU college students and alumni for all times. “They wished to see how I used to be doing and let me know that I may use their companies if I wanted them,” Jaraysi stated.
His household, who impressed and motivated Jaraysi to advance his schooling, was additionally there for him all through the journey. “When I take into consideration my household and my sisters and my mother and father and all of the stuff that they did to get me right here, (I might) simply merely say thanks and thanks for believing in me,” he stated.
Flexibility that Worked
Getting a diploma on-line labored for Jaraysi as a result of he may work wherever, every time. He usually discovered himself staying on high of his studying at a espresso store after work, posting and responding to dialogue boards throughout his lunch break at work. He may even take college with him on trip. 
“The flexibility in SNHU’s applications (is) tremendous necessary to me,” he stated. “I imply, I used to be capable of do homework just about wherever and at any time … I wanted that to have the ability to to complete my diploma in a well timed method.”
He ended up finishing his advertising and marketing diploma in a yr and 9 months, a few months ahead of the 2 years he was anticipating it to take.
When he first enrolled, he was nervous about becoming college into his life and managing his time. “I feel I used to be possibly a little nervous or overwhelmed that I wasn’t going to have the ability to handle my time nicely and get by means of the diploma,” Jaraysi stated. “I did not know if I had it in myself to do it, but additionally simply in normal time-wise. But, on the finish of it, I’m realizing that I can do a lot greater than I believed I may do, and, transferring ahead, I need to tackle new challenges and achieve them as a result of it does really feel so nice afterwards.” 
Speaking with his advisor helped him find out how his classmates have executed it, and he realized he may break up his assignments as much as full over a week. Having common deadlines helped him push ahead each week. “I positively felt like I may plan out every of my weeks,” he stated. 
With assignments due on Thursdays and Sundays, he had the pliability to map out a plan primarily based on his schedule for the week – and was positive to construct in breaks, too. “So, like, Monday, Wednesday, Friday I might do some homework after work at a espresso store, after which different days I might go work out or see pals,” Jaraysi stated. “So, I simply would break up it up relying on every week and what I had happening that week.”
Plus, he discovered the phrases – 10 weeks for graduate programs – to be the proper size and useful in realizing what to anticipate. He stated the primary half of the time period was sometimes spent studying the fabric and finishing coursework to help in that studying. The second half allowed for him to use what he’s realized as much as that time to bigger assignments and tasks.
Completing his capstone course, the end result of his diploma, was a proud second for Jaraysi. “That felt actually good. It was a reduction, but additionally … it was cool to only, like, look again and understand that I put all this collectively,” he stated. 
He already finds himself making use of what he’s realized at SNHU in his profession, particularly in his communication with others – each by way of e mail and in individual. He feels extra like a skilled, and he’s gained confidence, too, when reaching out to individuals and voicing his concepts.   
“This is an achievement price celebrating as a result of I do know now that transferring ahead, I can open up doorways with this diploma but additionally give my future household alternatives that I obtained as nicely,” Jaraysi stated.
The exhausting work he put into his schooling is now paying off. With his newfound confidence and grasp’s credential, he just lately landed a position as a advertising and marketing specialist.
Consider how a grasp’s diploma can change your life.
Rebecca LeBoeuf ’18 is a author at Southern New Hampshire University. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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