Looking back on her time at the AAP, Briana says she faced several academic challenges to stay on track for her eventual four-year degree. "One was practicing Japanese," she says. "They didn't offer [the] language in this program, so I had to travel to main campus to keep my language skills from high school in the two-year gap." In addition, she says, "The math department's rules made me unable to take a bachelor's in science without an extra two years of math." This "happy accident," as she calls it, led to her shifting her sights to a Bachelor of Arts degree instead.
Despite some of these obstacles that she faced in preparing for her four-year degree, Briana credits the AAP's faculty and staff for helping her achieve her goals. "I would say that all the professors were helpful to me in some way, even in the small imparting of knowledge to me," she says. "It shaped who I was, what I knew, and how I viewed the world, and they all took part in that process."
Briana also acknowledged the skill-building exercises in public speaking and leadership she completed during her final semester at the AAP and the advisors who helped her stay on track as she navigated the program. She is particularly grateful for the assistance she received from the staff of the University's Office of Disabilities Support Services, as well. "The DSS helped me in getting the things I needed and was crucial to my success," she says.
As Briana looks forward to student life on the main campus, she says there are things she will miss, such as the smaller classes and the personal attention they afford. "The UDAAP was amazing despite its minor obstacles and was definitely a blessing," she says, adding that she would recommend the program to future students. "Without it, I would've never been so sure about my major, met these great people, and got the attention I needed on a personal level. I'm almost sad to leave this, but change is always good."