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Earning a bachelor's degree was always a personal goal for Tarah Taylor, but she didn't know how to make that happen with a full-time career and a small child - until she was introduced to UHD.
Taylor was working in sales when her passion for marketing was sparked. After completing an associate degree at a local community college, she struggled to find a bachelor's degree program that would accommodate her busy personal and professional schedule.
"Being a non-traditional student who works full time during the day and has a child presented some challenges that couldn't be accommodated by a standard academic program," she said. "UHD was recommended to me because of its affordable and totally online degrees, its close proximity to where I live, and its wide variety of student activities and organizations that I could take part in."
Now a proud Gator, Taylor is a vocal advocate for UHD's 22 online degree programs in hopes that other non-traditional students can experience that same accommodating environment she has.
"I want people to know about these online programs because they can change lives," she said. "No matter your situation in life, you can take courses online and earn that degree."
And she should know. Taylor works during the day in constituent services for the Houston City Council. She spends time with her daughter, Loren, during the evening and studies late into the night. She also is an active member of several student organizations, including the Student Government Association, the Black Student Association and the Pre-Law Association.
"I come to campus quite a bit at night after work to study and attend meetings," she said. "I get the genuine college experience without setting foot in a classroom."
Taylor is on track to graduate in May 2014 and hopes to blend her passion for marketing and politics into a career in campaigning. She will intern this summer for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and looks forward to the teachable moments ahead.
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