At 45 years old, I decided I needed more, my current job was a dead-end, and I needed something more. The only way I knew to do that was by going back to school. However, at 45, with a family, a mortgage, etc., it wasn't like I could quit my job and go to a brick-and-mortar school. When I found WGU, they offered that balance. I could study at my own pace if I only got through 4 courses in a semester; that was fine. If I got through 12, that was fine too. With an amazing mentor as my champion, she helped make sure I kept my focus. And encouraged me to do the best I could. Together we found my balance, what worked for me to be successful, and I liked that about WGU. It was MY education, not Class of 2021. It was what worked for me, not what worked for the majority. I was able to do a 4-year degree in 2 years; it wasn't easy and at times a little overwhelming, but one class at a time, they started falling off, and here I am graduated. A week before my graduation, I was promoted into an amazing position with potential and growth in the company I already worked for, and I have to believe that WGU helped that happen.