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Ashford University Student Goes Deep Into the Academic Trenches; Emerges From Afghanistan With Bachelor’s Degree

FORT KNOX, Ky. Feb. 22, 2011 Danny Staggs Afghanistan

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Pursuing his degree while deployed in military areas of operation involved dedication, creativity and discipline. Staggs loaded his 90-pound backpack with food, sleeping bag, water, extra ammunition, radio gear and other military tools of the trade, plus notes, lesson plans and study guides for his courses. He developed weekly study outlines and tried to keep at least one week ahead of his classmates to prepare for the periods of time when he would be without Internet access. The six-foot-five soldier also worked out regularly to maintain his "fighting weight" of 225 pounds ("Body fat of 8.7 percent," he noted proudly).

Staggs said his professors at Ashford were very accommodating in developing different work-around procedures so he could access course information. Since his only Internet service was through a military connection, there were strict rules about downloading programs.

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"My degree will definitely help my career in the long run and the discipline required to keep up with my studies actually helped with my work for the Air Force," Staggs said. "I was always good at multitasking. Pursuing the online degree with Ashford enhanced those skills, plus helped me psychologically. I was better able to think about what was going on all around us, understand it, rationalize it and move past it."

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Contact: Shari Rodriguez, Associate Vice President of Public Relations

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