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Children's Nap Time Becomes CSE Student's Study Time

Morristown, N.J. (April 11, 2016) – Education must fit a student's lifestyle. For adult students, that means flexible classes, online programs and realistic transfer policies.

Exactly what CSE offers for adult students seeking to finish their baccalaureate degree.

"Overall, it's been a great experience," said Nubia Bedoya, who will graduate with a bachelor's degree in justice studies this May.

Nubia, who lives in Morristown, enrolled at CSE in 2014, seeking to build on an associate degree in criminal justice that she earned at County College of Morris in 2009. In the interim years, she took a break to get married and begin a family.

She chose CSE because of the ease of transition and generous credit transfer policy.

"I was about to start classes at a different four-year school, but found it was chaotic. They made transferring difficult and did not accept all my credits," said Nubia. "Then, I dropped by the CSE admissions office. They made enrollment easy, accepted 90 credits in transfer, and the classes were offered online."

With three small children, Nubia credits her success to online courses and a very supportive husband and parents.

"Having online classes was one of the main reasons I came to CSE," she said. "It was a good decision for me. With that option, I study in between my children's naps."

This study method has not adversely affected Nubia's grades. She has a 3.5 GPA and in fall 2015 was awarded a scholarship from the American Association of University Women, an organization that promotes equity for women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change.

Nubia is looking to use her education and family experience to work with children, perhaps as a victims' advocate, an officer with the division of youth and family services, or as an advocate for the homeless.

"I want to use my education to make a difference in the world," she said. "I am prepared for the next step in my life."

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