Ashley N. Tucker, MBA

 Ashley N. Tucker, MBA

 

           I began Delta State University in June 2008 for the Masters in Business Administration program. I was born, raised, and educated in the Mississippi Delta, receiving my undergraduate degree from Mississippi Valley State University. So to continue my education in the Delta, I chose DSU. Choosing DSU for graduate school was one of the best decisions I ever made. Because DSU has smaller classes compared to some of the larger state schools, I was able to have more face-to-face time with my instructors, as well as have more interaction with my classmates. At DSU, you are not a number. I knew my professors and classmates, and they knew me. I was happy to travel 45 minutes to class and back, because it was a great environment to be in.

          I found DSU to be not just a university, but a small community of people working and learning together. I spent one of the best summers of my life working in the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies as a graduate assistant. The staff was a joy to work with and I made some life-long acquaintances in that office. That summer, I also applied for the B.F. Smith Assistantship, in which I was awarded in the fall of that year.  Through this assistantship, I was able to intern at the Delta Health Alliance. Delta Health Alliance (DHA) provided me with a challenging but rewarding work experience. During my assistantship, I was able to work with professionals from various educational and professional backgrounds on projects to improve the health outcomes of residents in the Mississippi Delta. After completing my degree, I was able to begin working full-time at DHA. As project manager, I am now able to help my family, friends, neighbors, and fellow Delta residents live healthier lives. I always wanted to have a profession that makes a positive difference in peoples’ lives, and thanks to the education and work experience I received at DSU and in the Delta, I am living my dream!

 

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