Tom is Becoming his Own Boss with Strayer’s Help Strayer caters to the unconventional. We love students that have a lifetime of experience, but have a hunger to learn more. Our Honor Roll student Tom, is one of those students. Not shy to continuing education, Tom, a former Navy Admiral in the Navy, now wants to achieve his ultimate dream-- turning his hobby into a business for his grandkids, his family, and ultimately himself. “When I look back I have 40 years in Applied Science and Technology--the Navy, NASA, non-profit--now I’m going back to school because I have a hobby that I love, that I think I can turn into a business.” Years in the military gave him a background in leadership, but at the end of the day, he explains, “I may have led large government and military organizations, but budget, marketing, I don’t have that skillset. So I’m going back to school.” Strayer offers him the perfect balance of education and flexibility. Dividing his time between the classroom and online he works towards building a successful small business, while being cheered on by his professors and family alike. Tom’s family takes pride in his continuing education, just as he is proud of them, “Achieving Admiral rank was significant, but the highest honor I can claim is being a wonderful husband, a great dad, and grandfather.” Tom redefines what drives him today. “My definition of success in the Navy would have been making rank, but success to me is being happy at what you do every day. Find something you’re passionate in, give it a shot and learn something along the way.” Thanks to Strayer, the possibility of starting a business is coming to fruition. Taking the steps he needs to successfully run his own business, Tom’s future is now. For Tom, launching his own business started with Strayer. Check out our degree and certificate programs to see how Strayer can help you reach your full potential today. Possible starts now.