From Afghanistan to an Associate Degree

Anil Thobani has an inspirational story. He recently graduated with honors with an Associate in Applied Science Information Technology degree  from Globe University-Woodbury. He was chosen to be a graduate speaker and share his story with the audience.

As a senior in high school, Thobani had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. He was unmotivated and did not want to go to college. Therefore, on Nov. 13, 2007, he enlisted in the United States Army to be a combat engineer. After attending basic and advanced individual training, he was stationed to White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and then deployed to Afghanistan where he served one year executing dismounted mobility support for infantry and cavalry scouts.

“The biggest thing I can take away from the Army is the motivation it gave me and learning the true meaning of hard work,” said Thobani. “After three years of service I was motivated to do something else with my life.”

When Thobani separated from the Army he began working for a sandpaper distribution company where he sold sandpaper over the phone. After a short three weeks on the job, he realized he needed to go to college. He set up an appointment with the Globe University-Woodbury admissions department.

Thobani enrolled in the information technology program in 2011. After his first quarter at Globe, he quickly realized he no longer wanted an associate’s degree. He wanted his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree. He is currently enrolled and on track to start the bachelor’s program this winter while working as an information technology intern at Callahan Financial Planning Corporation in Woodbury, Minn.

“It may seem cliché to say, but small class sizes really do make a difference,” Thobani said. He noted that gaining an effective information technology education requires a lot of hands-on technical skills, and being in a class with less than 10 people makes it much easier to learn the skills needed to be successful in the information technology field.

Thobani wrapped up by thanking his parents and the Globe University staff, and gave a special shout-out to the Globe University-Woodbury Information Technology Program Chair, Tunji Ankabi. Thobani pointed out how willing to help and dedicated Ankabi is to his students and their futures.

Globe University-Woodbury was the first college Thobani visited and decided to attend. He noted that this ended up being one of the best decisions of his life.