For University of Phoenix student Kim Avila, it’s the balance that the University offers that sold her on their degree program. She always wanted to earn her degree, but as a wife and a mom with a full-time job, there were just too many other demands on her time. Avila credits the close relationship with her advisor for keeping her on track and motivated to succeed, even when she’s tired.

For Avila, going back to school has created a new bond with her teenage son. He is also working on his degree. She quips, “If I hurry up, maybe we can graduate at the same time”.

University of Phoenix offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees in a number of fields via in-person and virtual learning. For more information and to view a complete catalog, visit phoenix.edu.

More than one million students have earned degrees from University of Phoenix since the school was founded in 1976. Alumni include accomplished sports figures, politicians and journalists.

Your boss, family members and friends are all potentially affected by your decision to go back to school, so you can’t leave them out of the equation. If they know what they can and can’t expect from you, it will lessen the blow when you’re inevitably less available than you used to be. As you communicate your needs, give them the chance to do the same. Hernandez recommends working together to come up with a schedule that makes the most sense for everyone.

He wrote his advisor at University of Phoenix as he was completing his last course, saying: “This is my last day of class! I don’t get to walk, though, because I’m deploying! Excited to come home to my degree on my desk though! Thank you University of Phoenix for making it possible for someone like me who has a large workload on them.”

Now a high school teacher, he shares those memories with his students. His message is that “success is possible; all you have to do is try.” He wants to show them that if he could concentrate on his studies and complete his degree while serving overseas in a volatile and unpredictable environment, they can overcome any obstacle they may face in life. Steer is just one of numerous alumni who attended University of Phoenix while deployed overseas with branches of the U.S. military. The University is familiar with accommodating the unique challenges faced by active duty service men and women, veterans and military spouses.

For Avila, going back to school has created a new bond with her teenage son. He is also working on his degree. She quips, “If I hurry up, maybe we can graduate at the same time”.

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (http://hlcommission.org).