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SAN DIEGO, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Pamela J. Edwards has been named Ashford University's Outstanding Alum of the Month for March 2018. The Ashford University Outstanding Alum of the Month recognition highlights Ashford graduates who have used their Ashford education as a springboard to personal and professional achievement.
Over the course of 20 years, Edwards obtained multiple certifications and built a successful career in the medical claims examination field. But she came to a point where she realized she wanted more out of life.
"Professionally, while I was very proud of my career in medical claims examination, it was time for a change," Edwards says. "After the death of my little sister in 2006, I realized that life is not guaranteed. And if I was going to do something with my life, I needed to do it now and stop allowing life circumstances to hold me back."
Once she decided to make a change, she knew it was time to pursue a long-deferred goal and earn a college degree.
"I have wanted to pursue a degree since I was about eight years old," she says. "It was my dream to earn my degree, make advances in my life, and make positive changes in the world."
Over the years, Edwards had attempted to take classes at brick-and-mortar colleges, but they were incompatible with her varying work schedule and family responsibilities. Ashford's online format, on the other hand, fit into her life so well that she decided to pursue two bachelor's degrees simultaneously. She enrolled in both the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration programs.
Despite a number of obstacles, Edwards graduated with a double major in 2010. Just as she had hoped, her degrees have served as a launching pad for growth and positive changes. She has gone on to pursue a graduate education in psychology, and she now works as an online professor and freelance writer.
"My college degree allowed me to pursue a career level that I once thought was out of my reach. I have a better career, better income, and a better quality of life," Pamela says. "Pursue your dreams and fulfill them. Giving up is not an option."
To read more of Edwards' story, visit https://www.ashford.edu/online-learning-experience/student-success-stories/pamela-j-edwards.
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