Like many University of Phoenix (UOPX) alumni, Bruce had a few false starts before landing in the right program. He didn’t have the guidance or motivation to start college after high school, he says. But when a previous employer nudged him toward community college, Bruce enrolled in a computer-aided design course and found that not only could he complete the work, he actually liked it.
Life is about more than work and school, however. For Bruce, a big source of joy and motivation is the family he’s built. He and his wife met through a religious dating app, and from the outset, everything just clicked. Their birthdays are one day apart. Their daughter was born exactly three years after their first phone call. “With my wife, everything feels like a fairy tale,” Bruce says.
While his marriage can be described as storybook, the job he took upon moving to Wisconsin (to be closer to his now wife) was more of a bad dream. Bruce was working as a technical writer, and he hated it.
“The job that I was in was just a dead end,” Bruce says. “I could see it from the second day I was there.”
Adversity, however, makes us stronger. In Bruce’s case, that meant rethinking his future. He had heard good things about University of Phoenix and started looking into earning his associate degree.