By Tamika Lawson
Bachelor of Science in Business, IT Management
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
I started Western Governors University with high expectations, dreaming of finishing my Business–IT Management degree in three terms. After 24 transfer credits, I had 96 competency units (CU’s) to go. With the help of my mentor, Ian Poor, I was able to complete 84 of those CU’s in one term and even overcome a few obstacles along the way.
Ian is definitely the reason I have been so successful. If I knocked a course out and we did not have an appointment scheduled for two weeks, I could email him, we’d talk about course selection, and BAM! AAV was set without incident.
On November 4, 2011, I lost my grandmother, and I was thinking to myself, "How am I going to go on? How can I focus?" Ian and I spoke. I went on vacation and took some much needed downtime. When I got back, Ian was very supportive. He assured me that I had completed so many CU’s that, if I wanted some time to take a break from school, I could take it.
I listened to him, but after deep thought, I decided to stick with it, to move forward. So here I am, five months and 84 CU’s since starting my first term. I couldn't have done it without Ian. He is the reason my next term starts February 1 and I only have my capstone and portfolio left to complete. Thanks, Ian and WGU!