Alumni success stories
There’s a story behind every degree, and with 1 million alumni, we’ve got plenty to share. In the videos below, find the inspiration to chase your dream — and proof that achieving it is possible.
Allan Steer - A lesson in determination - University of Phoenix
While I served in the military
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I'd find myself getting out of the truck and leaning against a tire, opening up my book, and reading some of the excerpts from the chapters that I was assigned for the week or two.
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I use that in my classroom today as a teacher because the students that I have, they expect more from me than just someone who gives a lesson.
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I tell them that if I can sit against a Humvee tire in the Middle East, and I can do my homework
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Success is possible. All you've got to do is try.
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Allan S | Class of 2014
“My academic advisor made graduating possible.”
Amber Perez - Taking her future back - University of Phoenix
I had been working as a nurse, and I had suffered a back injury.
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It was actually pretty devastating for me because I was not going to be able to work at the bedside as a nurse anymore.
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At that time, my colleague said, you've got a fire in you. You've got more to offer. Have you thought about going back to school?
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I had three young children. I was working two jobs. There was no other opportunity for me to go back to school other than online.
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Because of the flexibility of the University of Phoenix, I didn't miss soccer games. I didn't miss baseball games.
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I was present. I wasn't gone. I didn't drive away and go to school, and they won't look back and say Mom wasn't there.
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It really let me still be me and have a life, have friendships, engage in my job.
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Now I am the clinical director for a medical device company. I work with hospitals all over the country, helping to establish injury prevention programs.
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There's no way I would have made the impact or the difference that I'm making without the support, the confidence, and the education that I was provided.
Amber P | Class of 2017
"I couldn’t have juggled it all at another university.”
Daniel Wolf - Education unlocked his potential - University of Phoenix
I was a late bloomer. In high school, I didn't do that well. I don't think I had the maturity or the tenacity to really see my potential come to fruition.
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I would say University of Phoenix had a profound effect on how I realized my potential.
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I am a division chief responsible for over 20 firefighters, 20 captains and some firefighters.
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It's very important with my job to keep my people safe so they can keep the populace safe.
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I can have an in flight emergency on a B 2 stealth, and I'm chasing the aircraft down the runway with fire trucks following me
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lights and sirens blazing, having to call for permission from the tower, having to talk on another radio talking to the pilot
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telling the medics whether they need to stand down. Just doing a million things at once, trying to organize the chaos, as I would call it.
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Then after, do my best to take a step back and say, wow, that was really cool. How many people will get to do things like that?
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I would not be prepared. I would not feel like I was in the right wheelhouse without the skills I got from the University of Phoenix.
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I'm proud of going through the experience and then being able to use that directly into my profession and make me a better firefighter, make me a better division chief, make me a better manager, make me all around better as a working professional.
Daniel W | Class of 2013
“I can’t think of a day on my job I don’t use what I learned.”
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