Anne Wolf's biggest challenge in getting her degree also turned out to be her biggest inspiration. Anne had been a senior executive for over 25 years and had finally arrived at a time in her life to achieve her lifelong goal of receiving her MBA.
Anne came to the United States in 1963 from Scotland with her family. Her father felt that America could offer his family educational and economic opportunities that he couldn't provide in Scotland. She was the first in her family to graduate from college when she received her undergraduate degree from Cal State Long Beach in 1982. She enrolled in WGU's MBA online in 2006.
A few years, a husband and a couple kids later, Anne realized going back to school would be a journey, not only for herself, but for her whole family. "I have an incredibly supportive family," Anne said. "They were with me every step of the way."
Anne's biggest challenge while going to WGU was her daughter's sudden illness. What began as childhood symptoms turned into a life changing disease that led to hospitalization several times over the course of Anne's program. Doctor's appointments, painful tests, long periods of illness and uncertainty ruled her family's life.
"It's hard to ignore your own studies when your teenage daughter is battling illness but continues to be an honors student herself," Anne said. "My daughter would continually ask how my MBA was coming along and refused to let her illness be a reason for me not finishing my program."
"With the unexpected complications that I faced, I don't know that there is any other program in the world that could have accommodated my special circumstances except WGU," Anne said. She is now the chief marketing officer for a company in Seattle. For Anne, achieving this goal was as much for her family as it was for herself.