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Making a Difference. One Student at a Time.

It’s a well-known fact that students face obstacles and challenges while pursuing their educational goals.  And although online degrees are still among the educational paths that are less traveled, it seems to be the one truly making a difference for many students.  FIU Online undergraduate student, Jennifer Latham, is a great example of an online student who had to make a critical decision at the fork in her educational road to success.

She started her college career fresh out of high school but responsibilities mounted as she found herself a single mother needing to work full-time.  She had to choose – school or her son.  It was a no-brainer.  Her son came first. 

Fortunately, her life led her to find love in a caring and supportive husband that helped her shift her focus back to education.  Luckily, she was able to complete her associate degree but as she made plans to complete her bachelor degree, her husband, who was in the military, was relocated and later deployed.  Her education that once again started, had to come to a stop.  

Family became exceedingly important as she expected her second child and focused on maintaining the household while her husband was in Iraq.  She had to move in with her father to get the support she needed and all the while, she still tried to attend classes at various on-campus institutions to realize her dream.  But obstacles kept coming her way.  So she decided it was time to rethink how she was obtaining her degree.

Learn how Jennifer’s life changed in the Summer of 2011, when she heard a radio ad for FIU Online, by tuning in to “Where Academic Excellence Meets Online Convenience: Changing Lives through Accessible High Quality Education”, on The Balancing Act show on The Lifetime Network.    Keep your eyes open, the segment will air nationally twice on “The Balancing Act”, (air dates: December 11, 2015, December 18, 2015, April 11, 2015 and April 18, 2015) and 200+ times in broadcast syndication across 100+ broadcast markets around the country.

The Balancing Act is a morning show that brings trusted advice on solutions/current-events to modern women to help balance and enrich their lives.  

Representing FIU Online are Christina Chong, FIU Online Success Coach and Jennifer Latham, FIU Online student, who shares her story to inspire others with a simple message “I want to show other people like me that it is possible!  Never give up. If I can do it, so can you!”