Student Success Stories

Matt Beer, Class of 2019

Matt Beer enrolled in University of Arkansas Grantham's Master of Science in Performance Improvement program because of its real-world impact. "I chose the Master of Science in Performance Improvement because of how relevant it is actually to my current career. I noticed that in writing a lot of my papers, I was using examples from my current work experience that I see on a day-to-day basis. That's one thing that really motivated me."

Support to Make it Happen

When I first started, it took me a little while to get used to being a full-time student again and getting in that rhythm.

One person who was very supportive of me was my student advisor. I know she has a lot of experience advising students, so it was nice to get tips and advice to help me manage working full time, as well as balancing that with a full-time schedule as a master's student.

The Hardest Part is Getting Started

I would say the hardest part is getting started, getting your foot in the door and getting in that rhythm. But after a few terms of classes, the process gets better.

I had that realization as an undergraduate student: taking classes and furthering your education can have a positive impact. So when I saw this opportunity — to pursue a master's degree and further my education even more, and separate myself from the pack — I seized the opportunity to do so.

It was a major accomplishment for me to not only balance a full-time job but also to further my education at the same time.

Matt Beer, Master of Science, Performance Improvement

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