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Student Testimonials

Woods College students come to BC from many walks of life, from many backgrounds and with different academic and personal experiences. We encourage you to learn more about just a few of our students below.  If you'd like to speak directly with a current student or alum, contact Claudia Pouravelis, EdD, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management, pouravel@bc.edu. 

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Teresa M. Goodman
Class of 2017, BA in Psychology 
Formerly: Administrative Assistant at Riverside Community Care
Currently: PhD student in Psychology

"I traveled from Denver, Colorado, almost three years ago specifically to attend the Woods College of Advancing Studies and to finish my undergraduate degree. The program is amazing and I am so grateful that it exists and is staffed by such phenomenal professors and support staff...I have six years of experience working with at-risk teen girls in the foster care system between two group homes in Colorado. They inspired me to finish my education. I have chosen to major in psychology because I have a deep desire to help people, especially those who have experienced trauma. I am no stranger to trauma personally, and as such I am in a position to empathize with others and assist them in healing from their ordeals. I want to make the world a better place by focusing on the people in it." 

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ND Gomes
Class of 2017, M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction (Lynch School)
Craft of Writing Student (Woods College)

ND Gomes, originally from the UK, graduated from Boston College in 2010 and went on to take a Craft of Writing class at Woods College on the weekends while teaching at the Boston College Campus School. She began working on what became her first manuscript while completing an assignment for that class and with the advice and encouragement from her professor Ted Murphy, a successful writer himself, she finished her first novel in 2012. She later submitted that manuscript to Peters, Fraser & Dunlop Literary Agents in London and signed a contact shortly after. HarperCollins’ imprint HQ published her debut novel DEAR CHARLIE in October 2016 - a young adult drama inspired by a real school shooting in a small town in the UK. Her second, BLACKBIRD, is a young adult thriller based in the rural isle of Orkney in Scotland, is released in November 2017. She has recently accepted another contract with HarperCollins/HQ and will continue with the YA genre.

ND Gomes credits her writing motivation from those first few classes at Woods, where she found a passion for writing, and subsequently, a voice for her characters.

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Michelle Simms
Class of 2017, BA in Corporate Systems
Physical Therapist Assistant

"Although I enjoy my current career, I came to a point where I began to desire more for myself. Life had changed so much since I last attended school, and I was beginning to feel left out. I desired to learn and grow so much more then what my current profession could offer me. I enjoy learning, and getting an education from Boston College is my dream come true. I have learned so much since I began this journey back in the fall of 2013. I chose to be in the corporate systems program because I thought that would be the perfect route to take since I hope to work in a court house, alongside a judge. So far I have become more comfortable with speaking in front of others and learned professional skills for working in a team environment. My most difficult course was Statistics, which I have successfully completed, and that challenge has made me more determined than ever to embrace all that BC has to offer."

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Anthony Crowley
Class of 2017, BA in Communication 
Underwriting Department for Commercial Insurance at Liberty Mutual & MBA student at University of South Carolina

"What really drew me to the Woods College was the sense and feeling that I was a true part of the Boston College community from day 1. I had been looking to complete my undergrad education that I had put on hold several years ago. After taking a few classes at other CE programs in the Boston area, nothing stuck because I felt that their programs were kept at a distance from their main programs. 

My grandfather, uncle, cousins and many friends had attended BC and my now father-in-law also is an alum. I was hesitant because I was tired of feeling basically unwelcome at these other programs and didn't want to feel like an "also ran" at a university that means so much to my family. However, I can safely say that from the moment Fr. Joe told me that I would be a fully welcomed student and graduate with the same Boston College degree as any other student, I was in. After my first classes with Professor Williams and Professor Nugent, I had a passion for learning and achievement I had not felt in years. This success bred more success and I am very proud of what I have accomplished in my time at the Woods College. In the short time I have been studying at BC, I have seen huge changes in my attitudes and ambition and have since started a new career, gotten married, and am finally close to my goal of earning my BA. I am already looking at grad schools to further my education with an MBA. 

Whether it is the world class faculty, spectacular facilities, sense of community or the general sense that the Woods College community gave me that I can finish this degree and give back to those who encouraged me, I would easily and sincerely recommend the program to anyone in a similar situation." 

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Galen Allis, current student
English Major
Employer: Howard Stein Hudson Traffic & Transportation Engineering Firm

"I graduated high school in 2003, and have since floundered around trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I lived in California for six years attending school off and on, but felt unsatisfied with the path I was on. Being on my own with no college degree has been difficult to manage financially. I moved home in 2009 and explored education options again before being introduced to the Woods Colllege by my fiancé. For the first time I feel optimistic and confident about my future, and look forward to what my English degree will offer towards a career that I can be excited about. I have explored careers in everything from marketing and event planning to veterinary practice. I have lived in various states and towns, both on my own and with friends. I’ve experienced heartache, borderline poverty, fear, joy, love, friendships lost and found. The roller-coaster of life has spun me through twists and turns where I expected the worst, but still hoped for the best. Now that I have explored the many interests that I had throughout my life, and have gained so much knowledge from all of the wonderful and daunting experiences in my past, I have a better understanding of who I am and who I want to be. I believe I have a strong grasp of what type of career would make me happy, and allow me to flourish most to achieve the fulfilling life I always hoped to have. I know what I love, and what I love is to write."

 

 

"I graduated high school in 2003, and have since floundered around trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I lived in California for six years attending school off and on, but felt unsatisfied with the path I was on. Being on my own with no college degree has been difficult to manage financially. I moved home in 2009 and explored education options again before being introduced to the Woods Colllege by my fiancé. For the first time I feel optimistic and confident about my future, and look forward to what my English degree will offer towards a career that I can be excited about. I have explored careers in everything from marketing and event planning to veterinary practice. I have lived in various states and towns, both on my own and with friends. I’ve experienced heartache, borderline poverty, fear, joy, love, friendships lost and found. The roller-coaster of life has spun me through twists and turns where I expected the worst, but still hoped for the best. Now that I have explored the many interests that I had throughout my life, and have gained so much knowledge from all of the wonderful and daunting experiences in my past, I have a better understanding of who I am and who I want to be. I believe I have a strong grasp of what type of career would make me happy, and allow me to flourish most to achieve the fulfilling life I always hoped to have. I know what I love, and what I love is to write."
 
"I graduated high school in 2003, and have since floundered around trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I lived in California for six years attending school off and on, but felt unsatisfied with the path I was on. Being on my own with no college degree has been difficult to manage financially. I moved home in 2009 and explored education options again before being introduced to the Woods Colllege by my fiancé. For the first time I feel optimistic and confident about my future, and look forward to what my English degree will offer towards a career that I can be excited about. I have explored careers in everything from marketing and event planning to veterinary practice. I have lived in various states and towns, both on my own and with friends. I’ve experienced heartache, borderline poverty, fear, joy, love, friendships lost and found. The roller-coaster of life has spun me through twists and turns where I expected the worst, but still hoped for the best. Now that I have explored the many interests that I had throughout my life, and have gained so much knowledge from all of the wonderful and daunting experiences in my past, I have a better understanding of who I am and who I want to be. I believe I have a strong grasp of what type of career would make me happy, and allow me to flourish most to achieve the fulfilling life I always hoped to have. I know what I love, and what I love is to write."