Helen Robinson of Columbus, 46, is anything but a ‘traditional student.’ As an adult, she attended The W as a fulltime student, earning her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2011. Now financial manager for the Columbus-Lowndes Recreational Authority, she discovered she didn’t want to stop with an undergraduate degree.

“The job market today is challenging, and I’m competing against much younger people,” she noted. “I wanted to build my skills and the diversity of my professional portfolio.” She enrolled in The W’s online master’s of business administration program in the College of Business and Professional Studies and earned her degree in May.

“It helps that the curriculum is so well planned,” she said. “Everything is laid out, so I knew what to expect. The professors really stick to the curriculum and will always get back with you if you have questions. They challenge students. They’re really great.”

She’s proud that her mother was able to see her graduate in 2011, but regrets that she died before seeing her earn the MBA. “This graduation was dedicated to her,” she said. Robinson is one of only two of her mother’s seven children to earn a bachelor’s degree and will be the only one with a master’s.