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- Shannon Boggs CE '11 - Management
Shannon Boggs CE '11 - Management
"I've always liked working with numbers and finance," says Shannon Boggs, a management graduate from Curry's continuing education bachelor's degree program. "After earning an associate degree in General Business at Massasoit Community College, I knew I wanted to get a bachelor's degree. Curry made that an easy choice."
Originally from Avon, Massachusetts, Shannon now lives in Hyde Park and works as the Senior Accountant for the Sullivan and McLaughlin Companies in Boston. She was previously working in another full-time role as a Senior Accountant at One Beacon Insurance Company in Canton, but that didn't stop her from going back to class. "From my very first meeting at Curry, I felt welcomed," says Shannon. "My advisor, Nate Adkins, offered great suggestions and support for everything. Everyone at Curry was so encouraging about what you can do that I was even more excited to complete my degree. I was able to transfer all my credits to Curry, which also helped me make the decision to enroll."
Shannon appreciated the structure of Curry's undergraduate continuing education program, which helped her continue to work full-time while going to school. "The eight-week classes are really do-able. You feel like you've actually accomplished something in a fairly short period of time. The once-a-week evening and weekend classes also fit my schedule. It was the right balance for me."
With on-the-job responsibilities in human resources accounting at One Beacon Insurance, Shannon saw immediate application for what she learned in class. "All of my professors wanted us to take away relevant information that applies to the workplace, and they really delivered. At my job, I noticed how I'd be working on an issue and realize I just studied that topic in class. It was great to see how the theory from our textbooks applied to real-world situations."
Interacting with her classmates and expert faculty added another valuable dimension to Shannon's experience at Curry College. She enjoyed the positive relationships she developed with her classmates. In a group project for a human resources class, Shannon found her team members easy to work with and learned how each person's positive contribution balanced the team's strengths.
"Because each class member is a working adult and the class sizes are small, we all wanted to contribute," says Shannon. "Everyone wanted to be part of the class. In each session, I benefitted a lot from my classmates. We had different kinds of jobs and careers, and it was really interesting to hear others share their stories. It helped me put things I faced on the job in perspective and to discover new ways of approaching an issue."
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