From the get-go, Knight loved her program at UOPX. She took her first class on writing in APA format and aced it, and throughout, she was able to keep up her GPA. Though the program was no less rigorous than her last master’s experience, the support she received from UOPX faculty and staff gave her what she needed to stay in the program.
Things were on the right track at UOPX when tragedy struck: Knight’s husband passed away in 2019. Financial difficulties forced Knight to move in with roommates so she could keep her apartment, which made studying for class that much more difficult. Still, she wanted to continue pursuing her education because “that’s what my husband would have wanted me to do.”
This was a difficult and painful period in Knight’s life. She credits her Buddhist practice as central to getting through that time, offering both spiritual comfort and a community of people to lean on.
Knight also kept in touch with her academic advisors from UOPX. She regularly updated them on her life, as well as her education, calling them about once a week. On the other end of the line, she found a supportive ear, someone who was in her corner cheering her on as she pursued her degree.
“The support I got after my husband died was huge. They took the time to listen. They were there for my celebrations and my sadness. They said, ‘If you need anything, just give us a call,’” Knight says, tearing up a bit.
After a brief hiatus, Knight threw herself back into her studies. It was tough, but she managed to push through. The responsiveness of her instructors and the accommodations she received for her ADHD were key aspects of her success, she says.
What she learned during her program gave her new insights for addressing the issues facing her clients. She gained a richer and more technical understanding of the origins of psychological disorders, and new ways to approach them.
“The support I received from University of Phoenix really blew away the schools I’ve gone [to] before,” Knight says.
Knight graduated with her Master of Science in Psychology in 2021. When she received her degree in the mail, she was ecstatic and not the least bit overwhelmed. It was a long time coming.