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Overcoming Obstacles: Argosy University’s Stephanie Mrosek Leads by Example

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Stephanie Mrosek knows what it feels like to struggle.

She also knows what it feels like to succeed.

Six years ago, Mrosek, then 22, left a bartending job in Puerto Rico to move to Florida. But things didn’t go quite as planned. Within a year, she found herself in an abusive relationship, unemployed—and pregnant.

“I knew that getting an education was my only hope for improving my life, but fear and procrastination really got in my way,” Mrosek remembers. “I was also in default on previous student loans and had very little money, so I didn’t see a way out. I kept telling myself that the time just wasn’t right. But I also knew that every day I waited to start making my life better was a day wasted. I finally decided I was willing to do whatever it took to make it happen.”

That’s exactly what she did. Mrosek moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to family and enrolled at Argosy University. With transfer credits, she completed her BA in Criminal Justice (with a concentration in management and security management) in just two years. She graduated from the online program in 2015.

“I wanted to become a probation officer so I could encourage kids to stay in school and make a better life for themselves, no matter where they come from,” says Mrosek. “I really believe we each possess the power to change our lives. No one has to become a statistic.”

As it turned out, Mrosek didn’t need to become a probation officer to encourage students to excel. While completing her degree, she became an admissions representative at Argosy.

“When I applied for the job, I didn’t even know the position was at Argosy,” she says. “After I interviewed and they told me I was hired, I remember thinking it was the perfect place for me. I could relate to the students and all the challenges they face, because I’ve been there.”

After three years in admissions, Mrosek became a financial counselor at Argosy, helping students pursue financial aid, identify scholarship opportunities, and establish financial plans that make it possible for them to earn their degrees.

When Mrosek completed her BA, she says she became “obsessed” with the idea of earning a graduate degree.

“As busy as I was with work and raising my daughter, school provided an extra challenge that really energized me,” she says. “It also gave me an added sense of power, control, and accomplishment. I wanted to see how far I could go.”

She decided to pursue an advanced degree, and in July, Mrosek earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Argosy. She hopes to use her degree in a management position at the university. In the meantime, she’ll continue counseling students—and sharing her story whenever she thinks it might help a student conquer his or her self-doubt.

“It’s easy to feel isolated and alone when we’re struggling,” says Mrosek. “I’ve learned that you can either break down or break out. Someone once told me that your life is like a vase. When it gets broken, you have a choice to either let it stay broken or glue the pieces back together and make it whole again.”

Mrosek says the past six years have taught her that life is all about growth and change.

“There was a time, not that long ago, when my future didn’t look so bright,” Mrosek says. “But in six years, I’ve earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. I have a job I love, helping people pursue their own dreams. I’m in a wonderful relationship with a supportive man and have a second child. I’m proof that where you start doesn’t have to be where you finish. You are not your past.” ###

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Argosy University, Online Programs helps local school by donating uniforms, food, school supplies, and water

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As of today, Argosy University, Online Programs (AUO) has raised $1,380 for Pittsburgh Morrow Schools PreK-8 and the donations keep coming in! We have one more week left that we are collecting at our Online Programs location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Being that they’re in a poverty-stricken area, their personal needs are a little different than the usual school supplies.

Students are required to wear uniforms. Nothing fancy, just khakis and a polo shirt, but not all of the parents are able to afford these school clothes. AUO has used some of the funds that were donated to purchase school uniforms. We were able to provide 62 tops and 30 bottoms!

Pittsburgh Morrow is also in need of book bags, so with the monetary and supply donations, we were able to provide the children with 42 book bags!

We were going to use the remaining funds to buy additional school supplies, but after speaking with the principle, we found that their needs go beyond what we would have thought to purchase.

Their schools are not air-conditioned. The heat is a big distraction for a lot of the students there and a number of them are sent to school without drink bottles or water. They have water fountains at the school, but that too becomes a distraction when students constantly need to leave the classroom and go out to the hall for a drink. They said that simply handing a student a bottle of water completely changes the tone and behavior because they are so appreciative. AUO will be donating 3,800+ bottles of water to the school for their students!

Water is not the only thing that the students go to school without. Some of the parents can’t afford to send their children to school with snacks. Having a hungry child in class with nothing to eat is obviously a little heart breaking, as well as a huge distraction. AUO will be using another portion of the remaining funds to donate healthy, non-perishable food items (approximately 1,400 individually packaged snacks) to the school so that they are readily available for the children.

This is going to be a long lasting partnership with AUO and Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-8 Schools. Thanks to all of our Argosy University Online Programs’ staff, we’re off to a great start! There are lots of amazing things in the works for the near AND long-term future. Stay tuned!

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Grow Academically in the Heart of the South—Dallas, Texas

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Argosy University, Dallas allows students to earn a degree while experiencing the charm and atmosphere that the Lone Star State is known for. The school is located in the inner-ring Dallas suburb of Farmer’s Branch, which boasts over 3,00 companies and 250 corporate headquarters.

Argosy University, Dallas offers subjects ranging from Business Administration to Public Health, Information Technology, Nursing, Histotechnology, Criminal Justice, and Educational Administration. The school offers doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and associate’s degrees. Many programs have flexible learning formats that allow students to fit an education into their busy work and life schedules.

Once admitted to the university, students have access to the school’s library, which contains resources that support campus programs while encouraging life-long learning. The library maintains a specialized collection of books, scholarly journals, audiovisuals, reference materials, dissertations, and theses—reference materials that assist students at all levels of their education to grow academically and professionally. The library is also accessible online.

The professional instructors in Dallas encourage students to achieve their school and career goals. Students benefit from hands-on learning, internship opportunities, and group projects that prepares them for a career after graduation.

Argosy University, Dallas is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which offers a diverse range of cultural and recreational activities, including the Dallas Symphony, Mesquite Rodeo, Six Flags, Lone Star Park, and concerts in the West End. Sports fans enjoy following the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, and FC Dallas. There are so many things to do in Dallas, so students will never be bored!

Affectionately known as “Big D”, Dallas is the ninth largest city in the United States. It’s a city that enjoys sharing its personal warmth with all who visit, live, and work there. The city of Dallas encompasses 384 square miles of rolling prairie, with native pecan, cottonwood, and oak trees located along the Trinity River. Large regional employers and companies in Dallas include AT&T, Dean Foods, Texas Instruments, Southwest Airlines, Atmos Energy, and Holly Frontier Corporation. Dallas is also home to the Arts District, where the Dallas Museum of Art, Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center, The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and The Dallas Children’s Theater.

Starting your educational experience—or building upon it—can be a valuable and rewarding experience. So take a look at all of the degrees that Argosy University, Dallas has to offer. Then click through on the links to learn more about the programs and how they can help you to achieve your educational and career goals. If you’d like to talk to an admissions representative, call (855) 435-5334 or visit our admissions webpage. You can also stop by the school. Our address is 5001 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Heritage Square, Farmers Branch, TX 75244.

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Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, 5001 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Heritage Square, Dallas, TX 75244 © 2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.

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