February 22, 2013
As we continue to celebrate Capella’s 20th anniversary, here is another inspiring Capella graduate, Tim Martin, who shares his Capella experience in his own words:
“My fondest memories of Capella are the colloquia. These were the most challenging and most rewarding. I attended the first one as a PhD candidate and remember how much my brain hurt at the end of the day. It hurt because of all the high-level discussions I had during the sessions and social events while surrounded by so many very intelligent and critical thinkers. I chose Capella because I was looking for an accredited and respected PhD program that offered courses online, as my job required me to travel. I loved the experience and often miss it, but realize a PhD is a terminal degree because my wife would kill me if I told her I was going back to school again! This was a very challenging and special time in my life because I grew as a person, and the experience strengthened my communication skills, relationships and character.
Becoming a PhD and Capella graduate has helped me significantly. I am currently a senior manager (division chief) with a DoD agency. I received a couple of promotions (one before I finished), became an adjunct faculty member at another university, and a faculty advisory board member at a third university where I worked with other industry professionals to guide the curriculum to ensure it was appropriate for the IT industry. I presented my dissertation findings at an MIT conference, and was a featured speaker at a couple of local security conferences. I became a mentor, won a mentoring award from my work, and became a local chapter president for a DoD networking nonprofit organization.
When people ask me for suggestions about furthering their education, I answer with, “Why do you want to?” If they only want a degree, I suggest they go elsewhere. If they want to become a better person, gain experiences and insights not available at a typical university and embark on a significant life-changing experience, I recommend Capella!”