rashaad wrightThere are many moving pieces that keep Grantham University a well-oiled machine that allows students to pursue a degree and advance their career. Among these moving pieces — are staff and faculty members, who not only work directly with students, but who also help those teaching do their jobs better.

Those behind-the-scenes staff members may include someone who implements new software to enhance the learning experience, or possibly someone who helps students plan their course schedule. Rashaad Wright, a systems analyst at Grantham, chooses to commit his information technology (IT) career to making things better, easier and more efficient for students.

Grantham University: What brought you to Grantham University?

Rashaad Wright: I was interested in getting my degree, setting a good example for my family and doing something different than what I was doing at the time.

GU: What do you like best about being a member of Grantham’s staff?

RW: [I like] the amazing people I work with. So many people from different backgrounds with a common goal. The things I see people accomplish in IT and all the other departments can be pretty inspiring. I'm just a very small piece of a big machine.

GU: How do you offer support to students?

RW: I support our students by supporting those who support our students directly … if that makes sense. I am more responsible for project work — mainly trying to find ways to make things better, easier and more efficient than what they are currently. If I can make it easier for every department to do their job, then they can support our students better. But occasionally I get to help a student personally, which is cool.

GU: How does a degree from Grantham University help people accomplish their goals?

RW: Honestly, it depends on the goal. Whether it’s that dream job, setting a good example for your children or just proving to yourself that you can do it. Your degree can be that milestone that gets you closer to the finish line.

GU: Do you have any advice for someone who is considering going back to school?

RW: If you want it bad enough, you will find a way to make it work. Don't let excuses pile up, even if it takes you longer than you expected.

GU: What is your biggest accomplishment?

RW: I am still chasing it. I don't like saying I've accomplished anything because once I do, that will give me an excuse to take a break or quit.

GU: What are you most passionate about? What motivates you in life?

RW: My faith and my family.

GU: If someone were to tell your story, what would be the main thing you’d want the listener to know about you?

RW: That I cared, and I encouraged others to care about more things in life, outside of [their] own perspectives.

GU: Do you have a tip that could help the type of students you work with at Grantham University?

RW: Balance yourself. Try [to] make time for many things. Education is important [but] it shouldn't be the only thing in your life. Also, appreciate the lessons you will learn even during difficult times.

Interested in an Advancing Your Own IT Career?

Then Grantham has you covered. With the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program, you can gain the training necessary to apply your skills to a career that helps others in various ways.

At 37 credit hours, the MSIT program is designed to be completed in as soon as 24 months. It could take more or less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take each term, for example.

Like Wright said, an IT career is about working with other people for a common goal. At Grantham, you have an entire team of knowledgeable individuals with expertise in their field, committed to making your online learning experience the best it can possibly be.

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