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Student Balances School and Work to Graduate in Three Years


Posted 04/21/2015
Posted by Meagan Fazio


Desiann Anglin '15 finds time to study before class in the lounge in Dana Hall.

Earning a 3.96 grade point average while working two jobs and volunteering is difficult for many college students under customary circumstances. Now imagine fitting all of that into just three years instead of four. That is the story of Desiann Anglin’s college career at the University of Hartford.

Anglin, a senior studying health science in the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP), arrived on campus with 28 credits that she earned while in high school in her native Jamaica. She originally expected to graduate in three-and-a-half years, but realized she could eliminate another semester if she were organized and planned ahead. With the help of Claudia Oakes, assistant professor of health sciences, she carefully analyzed her schedule each semester to make sure she was on track. Anglin admits it was challenging, but she wants other students to know that they too can graduate in less than four years.

Anglin and University of Hartford President Walter Harrison

“It’s possible,” Anglin says. “You just have to manage your time and believe in yourself, but also, know your limits. Don’t go overboard.”

Anglin acknowledges she may have taken too many credits during the first semester that she worked as a resident assistant for the Office of Residential Life, but she says that only helped her improve her time management skills. Now she works a second job at the University’s Lincoln Theater and does some tutoring on the side.

Even within that jam-packed class and work schedule, she also found time to shadow physical therapists at three different clinics, including one on campus. It was through these volunteer opportunities that she realized she wanted to pursue a career in physical therapy.

“I always knew I wanted to be in healthcare but I didn’t know what area,” Anglin explains. “When I was shadowing, I realized I really loved what I was doing. The patients were so open with me. They loved to share their stories. I was connected to the patients and I really loved that.”

Anglin, who will be attending graduate school at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston starting this summer, received the University’s 2014 Regents Honors Award for the highest grade point average as a junior in ENHP. She made the Dean’s List and the President’s Honors List every semester. She is also a member of WELCorps, a leadership program for undergraduate female students that is sponsored by the University’s Women’s Education and Leadership Fund (WELFund).