Student Perspective: Ryan Stanley

Former United States Navy nuclear electrician Ryan Stanley finished a dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Finance program at Walsh while adapting to the challenges millions of students are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I chose Walsh because of the way the adjunct faculty are set up to teach in their fields of expertise. That really resonated,” Stanley added. “I spent a lot of time in adult education earlier in my career. To me it was really important to have professors who are working in their fields and then speaking to that experience in my classes.”

Stanley noted his appreciation that his finance professor still worked in banking and corporate finance and had first-hand, current experience and best practices to share with him and his fellow students.

Balancing work, Walsh and life...remotely

On top of his dual master’s program coursework, Stanley balanced a full-time remote job as a program manager at DTE Energy and previously worked as a senior trainer at ITC Holdings Corp.

Stanley, who is no stranger to the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presents, noted shifting to remote learning was a challenge because he prefers an on ground experience. “When I started, I wanted to do in-person classes,” Stanley said. “I liked the opportunity Walsh offered of having personal connections, smaller classes and feeling like part of a community.”

However, even as the educational landscape has changed, as an early adopter of online education, Stanley says Walsh did a great job with classes, embracing different ideas technologies and offering opportunities to connect with faculty and classmates.

“The Design Thinking class used a mural board, which helped me to connect with my group in ways I hadn’t thought of,” he said.

The Walsh Experience

As Stanley completed his last semester, he looked back on his educational experience at Walsh.

“I am very happy with the education I received at Walsh and I think it will set me up for success in what I want to do with my career,” he said. “The Walsh faculty did a great job when I had questions. I really appreciate that, it made a big difference for me.

“I will be proud to say that I graduated from Walsh, because of the school’s reputation and the quality of the education I received. 

“The overall effort of the instructors is fantastic and they are always well-prepared to deliver the courses. At the graduate level it’s really up to the student to make the most of the experience and educational opportunity.”

It’s fitting that stories of perseverance, never giving up, and redemption inspire Stanley. As he noted, “Things in life don’t always go the way you want them to, but a persevering attitude can lead to future success.”

His advice for prospective students looking to further their careers? “You’ve got to plan your work, then work the plan. That’s my best advice.”

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