Anteah Jones, Psychology and Criminal Justice
Hometown: Springfield, Va.
“This curriculum fits perfectly into my family's needs, both with its affordablity and flexibility.”
Many people think they don’t have the time to work on a degree, but as Anteah Jones says, “there’s always time for education.”
Jones pursued her criminal justice and psychology degrees through UMass Lowell’s online continuing studies program. Her husband’s Air Force career forces her family (which includes four young children) to move frequently, and in turn makes a traditional college experience a challenge. While living in Oklahoma, she researched online options and found that UMass Lowell’s curriculum “fit perfectly into my family’s needs, both with its affordability and flexibility.” In 2012 Jones received $4,000 in ThanksUSA Scholarships to help offset some of the cost of earning her degree.
Jones took a full-time course load, “anything less than full-time and I start to lose motivation,” from her current home in Virginia. Her computer is turned on around the clock so she can work on her classes whenever she has a free minute. “I’ll do homework at two o’clock in the morning or in the middle of cooking dinner,” she says.
Even though she didn't learn in a conventional classroom, Jones praises the hands-on approach of her instructors. “They have office hours, ‘virtual office hours,’ and they are quick to respond on email. Some have even given out their personal cell phone numbers in case we need to call them.” She praises UMass Lowell’s online program and insists it’s the only way she could work towards her degree. “With young children and moving around the country so frequently, I really don’t think I could have gone back to school any other way.”
While all of her work was done online, she was on campus for induction in to Psi Chi, the psychology honor society. During that time, she got to meet some of her professors and classmates in person. Next up: Jones is working toward her master’s in forensic psychology, which she is also doing online.