Student Perspective: Amanda Poehlsen

After serving in the United States Navy as an aviation electrician, Amanda Poehlsen was ready to make the move back to Michigan and continue her education. Poehlsen started her journey at Macomb Community College to earn an associate degree while researching schools to transfer to for her undergraduate degree. With Walsh academic advisors on-site at the Macomb University Center, the transfer process was seamless and organized.

“Walsh has a great reputation for being a respectable business school that produces sought-after graduates,” said Poehlsen. “The school’s reputation and easy transfer process made my decision a no-brainer.”

Once at Walsh, Poehlsen earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business. Along the way, she became interested in the management and human resources management fields. Toward the end of her undergraduate degree, Poehlsen enrolled in the FastTrack program to accelerate her graduate degree program and also began taking classes to earn a Human Resource Management certificate.

“By taking advantage of the Walsh FastTrack program, I will enter the workforce with an undergraduate degree, graduate certificate, and dual graduate degrees in less than three years,” she said. “I am very proud to continue my education with Walsh.”

Personal Attention and Veteran Services

The personal attention from advisors and knowledgeable staff members dedicated to helping veteran students were also critical to Poehlsen’s decision to attend Walsh. She was impressed by Walsh’s several distinctions as a veteran and Military-Friendly® School. She also enjoyed becoming involved in the Student Veteran Organization and even served as its president.

Poehlsen found a mentor in Brenda Paine, Ph.D., Director of Career Services and United States Air Force veteran. While working on her résumé and cover letter, Poehlsen turned to Paine because she understands how to translate military terms, duties, and job skills into appropriate civilian business language.

“The advisors at Walsh are there for you throughout your entire job search and educational journey and beyond, and they feel personally invested in your success,” said Poehlsen. “You can tell how passionate they are about helping students.”

Online Class Environment

Recently, Poehlsen relocated to California. Despite moving to the other side of the country, she was able to seamlessly continue her studies at Walsh by changing from on ground to 100% online classes as she completes her dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Management. Although Poehlsen was nervous to make the switch, she is grateful for the online class environment because it has pushed her to work outside of her comfort zone and build new skills for virtual channels.

“I have always preferred face-to-face interactions but working on assignments, interacting with my peers, and completing projects online has become second nature to me,” said Poehlsen. “Online classes provide me with the same opportunities and educational outcome as my on ground classes provided, including the ability to interact directly with faculty and other students.”

As she adjusts to her new home in California, Poehlsen is only a few semesters away from completing her master’s degrees. Poehlsen is excited about what her future holds and is confident that her experience in the U.S. Navy and her Walsh education will lead her to a successful career in business.

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