Nadia Morris-Mitchell ’24 doesn’t have a lot of time to spare. As a National Guard member, part-time fitness instructor and full-time employee, she knows it’s crucial to balance her schedule. “I’m just that person who’s always running a million miles an hour,” she says. She had been interested in going back to school to gain greater management skills but was wary of the time constraints. So when a representative from Syracuse University came to speak with the veterans working with the U.S. Air Force at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base about continuing their education utilizing their flexible learning formats, she was intrigued.

Syracuse University Global’s flexibility offered just what she needed to finally take the leap. “Sometimes I wonder why I signed up for school—did I forget I had a full-time job? But I feel like there’s no perfect time to jump back into it,” Morris-Mitchell says. She’s now pursuing a degree in creative leadership through the College of Professional Studies. “I am hoping to learn how to better present myself in a position of leadership, and this program is a perfect avenue.”

Morris-Mitchell’s motivation to advance in her role as a manager for the Hart Agency, a marketing company in Syracuse, is what prompted her to pursue her studies. She’s confident the courses she’s taking will teach her critical management skills. Courses in the creative leadership program include project management, negotiating and interpersonal communications.

The University’s commitment to veterans was a factor in her decision to attend Syracuse University. It was important to Morris-Mitchell, who was recently honored as a Hometown Hero at a women’s lacrosse game, to be associated with a university that understood the unique challenges of being a military veteran and made her feel highly regarded and respected. She’s grateful to have access to a wide range of veterans services offered at Syracuse University through the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs if she needs them.