I chose Walden. I always had the dream of pursuing my education to the highest levels. But being a working professional and needing to work, I wasn't able to go to a traditional school. And Walden brought to me the opportunity to accomplish the highest level of education in my field and to realize my dream.
I looked at a number of schools and first and foremost was accreditation. That was extremely important to me that it was regionally accredited. And also at the time, I was a traveling consultant. And while I wanted to pursue my PhD, it was a dream of mine, I traveled constantly, and I couldn't commit to being in a traditional classroom. So the online environment gave me that opportunity to study and continue to work.
And one of the things I think is so unique about Walden is the sense of community that, you know, I never felt existed when I went to a traditional school. I've made friends around the world that I keep in touch with. And when I attend a residency or faculty meeting, it's just a tremendous joy to see them face to face and in person and share our experience, both educationally and professionally.