UWMC was the first phase of my academic journey. An associate's degree made for an easy transition to UW - Eau Claire, where I earned a BA in Journalism. That led to a career in news writing, photography, promotions, corporate marketing and sports agency business ownership. Twenty-five years later I embraced a new era of learning and completed a MBA from Otterbein University (Ohio) then a PhD in Advertising from University of Florida. As a professor, I am advising a greater number of students who transfer into Appalachian State from two year institutions. If you're currently planning your career and are choosing a university, UWMC can be a viable choice and should be highly considered.