One Family, One Dream: Heidi McManus Takes Her Family Along Her MBA Journey

Jan 14, 2013
  |  by Strayer Univers...

When Heidi McManus (BBA ’09, MBA student) returned to Strayer University to earn a graduate degree, she decided to bring her family along for the ride. 

 

“We pushed each other from day one and were always providing unending encouragement and support to one another,” McManus recalls. “We were in it together.”

Despite working on different degree programs, McManus, her parents and her sister spent every Sunday studying, writing papers and reading together. At the end of every quarter, the family marked their achievement with a celebratory dinner.  “It was important to celebrate every milestone along the way. It helped us stay motivated and focused on our goal,” McManus says. 

 
After several years of hard work, McManus fulfilled her dream by crossing the commencement stage late last year in Orlando, Fla., with her parents, Holli Fears (AABA ’12, BBA student) and Marvin Fears (AABA ’12, BBA student), and her sister, Heather Rodriguez (BBA ’12). 
 
“Earning a postsecondary degree was made more special by knowing that I accomplished it with the people I love,” says McManus, who had more than 20 friends and family on-hand at the commencement ceremony. “I will always remember our journey together.” 
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