Adult student juggles full-time career while pursuing degree

Jessa Henry is a full-time massage therapist practicing in Warsaw, Indiana. When Henry began her schooling with Huntington University’s adult degree programs, she was 23, making her one of the youngest students enrolled in the program. In 2011 she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Henry said that one of the biggest reasons she chose Huntington was because of the small class sizes, as well as the fact that Huntington is one of the best Christian schools in the country. These small classes mean more one-on-one time with each professor.           

In August of 2009, Forbes ranked Huntington University as one of the top 100 colleges in America – making it even more appealing to students like Henry.

Because of her other job responsibilities, Henry wanted to take one class at a time. Huntington's program structure allows students to take one class at a time, one night a week.

“The thought of traditional schooling seemed too daunting, especially while working full time,” Henry said.

Henry also said that most of the students in her classes are like her, in the sense that they have busy lives, including full-time jobs, making classroom discussions relatable and helpful.

Henry said she appreciates how easy the admissions process was and how helpful the staff has been to her.

“Advisors like Cindy Baker see to it that all of your questions are answered as quickly as possible, and will make changes to your schedule as many times as necessary,” Henry said.

Henry also appreciates that the cost for books is included in the tuition amount, and the books were delivered to her door before the class began.

When Henry decided to go back to school, she says her main concern was finishing. Huntington's program has helped her by going through all of her past transcripts to check for any and all transferring credits from the past. In Henry's case, all of the credits transferred to Huntington. 

“Taking one subject at a time and then being done with it within five weeks was the big way in which this program helped me to know that I would finish,” Henry said.