In June 2014, Michelle will be graduating from Globe University-Online with her bachelor’s degree in forensic accounting. Originally from Melrose, Wis., Michelle began attending classes at the La Crosse campus for accounting. She wanted to get back into the workforce after doing in-home daycare for six years, and realized her 20-year-old associate degree from a community college was “almost worthless” in the industry today.
As a mom raising two kids in grade school and trying to put another through college as well, Michelle decided to switch to online classes, which allowed her to save money on childcare and spend more time at home with her kids.
“When I first started back to school in April of 2012, I would read the success stories and think that they must have a husband that helps with the kids or must only work part-time or only go to school part-time,” says Michelle. “The versatility of Globe University was nice because I was able to do it with the option to cut back and switch to online classes.”
In addition to the flexibility, Michelle liked that the faculty at Globe was so supportive of her goals.
“It was easy to walk in the door and say, ‘This is what I want to do,’ and they said, ‘Okay, let’s do it,’” says Michelle of her initial experience at Globe University and why she chose to enroll.
The day after she graduates, Michelle has plans to reward herself with a trip to San Antonio, Texas, to attend the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 25th Annual Global Conference to network with forensic accounting professionals and learn more about the field.
After earning her bachelor’s degree, completing an internship and working a full time job, Michelle is most proud of the fact that she’s been able to raise three good kids while doing it all.
“I was talking to a woman who was asking me about my schooling,” says Michelle. “She said she wished she could go back to school but that she was too old. I want people to know that age doesn’t matter. Go back to school if you really want to. If I can do it at 42, anyone can do it.”
To learn more visit the Globe University forensic accounting program page.