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Military Spouse Profile: Amanda Loudin

We had the opportunity to speak with one of our alumni, Amanda Loudin, who completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at CTU in the fall of 2014.  After starting a family and overcoming a difficult illness, she felt going back to school was a step in the right direction for her career. 

Tell us about your family and what degree program you are in at CTU.

My husband serves in the Active Duty Army, and we currently live in Fort Drum, NY with our three kids – all boys! Though my journey with CTU is just beginning, it’s been a great experience, and I look forward to continuing my education and creating a better future for my family.

How do you define your CTU experience?

My CTU experience has been liberating. I’ve always had the notion to go back to school, and I’m grateful to finally have the opportunity. Taking online classes has been an adjustment, but I think there is a misconception concerning communication at an online university. Although I attend class on a virtual campus, I’ve connected with a lot of wonderful people and instructors.

What would you tell other military family members about the process to decide whether to go (back) to school? Any words of wisdom?

Education is essential in today’s world, and one thing I’ve noticed about military families is sometimes they are afraid to dream. I was even scared myself. When you’re afraid to have dreams, you’ll likely not pursue them. You’re dooming yourself to fail. I’ve learned that unless you take action, you’re not going to achieve your dreams.

What helped you make the decision to attend CTU?  Were there particular attributes or programs that had significant appeal?

The convenience of CTU was hugely important. Since CTU is an online university, if and when my family needs to relocate, I’ll still be able to keep up with my classes. As I did more research, I found out more about CTU’s military resources, such as the financial benefits for military families, which was definitely another advantage.

While in school, did you take advantage of services and resources CTU provides to the military community?  If so, which ones?

My Student Success Coach has been instrumental in assuring that I know every aspect of CTU and all it has to offer. As a result, I really feel like I'm on the right path -- one that both suits my interests and will further develop my talents.  The Learning Labs, for example, have been essential to my CTU experience. Labs such as critical thinking and psychology have helped me realize where my true passions lie and what direction I want to go in my career, and they will continue to help guide me in future courses. I’ve also enjoyed having the opportunity to use the Virtual Commons to chat with other students and military spouses who have similar backgrounds and goals as me.

Were there obstacles that you overcame throughout your educational experience?  How did you stay motivated and find success?

Education has always been important to me, but I’ve faced some roadblocks as I’ve worked to achieve my goals, including some serious health issues. Now that I’ve started my education, my biggest obstacle is time management. Between my education, raising three kids and extracurricular activities, I have a busy schedule. Being a student online, having time management skills is crucial. Taking the time to organize my schedule makes all the difference.