Weaverville resident overcame obstacles to complete her degree

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REDDING, Calif. - A desire to help children succeed in life inspired Weaverville resident Tiffany Wright to enroll in Simpson University’s ASPIRE degree-completion program in the spring of 2012.

“I chose to attend Simpson because I knew it was time to follow my passion of working with children and families,” she said. “I decided to major in psychology, a subject that I have loved since high school.”

On April 27, Wright graduated with her B.A. in psychology. She was one of 214 students who received diplomas during Simpson’s spring commencement ceremony.

Wright’s journey to obtain her degree has not been easy. She planned to start the ASPIRE program in the fall of 2011 but delayed returning to school when her father-in-law passed away from cancer.

“I wanted to be fully focused and energized for my new adventure,” she said. “I started in the spring of 2012, which I believe was God’s plan for me so I could meet my fellow cohorts. I can’t imagine what this program would be like without my cohorts. They have become like family to me.”

Nine months into the 16-month-long process to earn her degree, Wright’s garage burned down. She lost many personal belongings, but her home, family, and pets were protected.

“Losing those sentimental things that could never be replaced was tough to digest. But, in reality, it was all just stuff,” she said. “Now more than ever I realize that God has blessed me with gifts. and I intend on using those gifts to serve him.”

Wright began her college education at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Brookings, Ore., in 2003. She started to pursue her associate’s degree in early childhood education but put her schooling on hold to work full-time as a manager a of cell phone store.

“I have a thirst for learning, and I think I always knew I would return to college someday. I just wasn’t sure when or how or where,” she said.

Wright realized she wanted to further her education while working at a preschool for autistic children in Sacramento.

“I discovered that I had a passion for working with children,” she said.” “I wanted to understand their behavior and learning processes.”

Now that she has her bachelor’s degree, Wright hopes to go into social work or pursue a teaching credential or a master’s degree.

“I want to find myself working with young children and help them reach their potential,” she said.

Written by Elise Wilson


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s newest programs include degrees in nursing, biology, outdoor leadership, and master’s degrees in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. For more information, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.


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