Student Spotlight - BS in Hospitality Management

Ashley Neal Found UA and Achieved the Degree She Wanted

My story could be a lot shorter if I had known about Bama By Distance a few years earlier; however, I'm so thankful that I discovered Bama By Distance. 

Ashley Neal

I graduated with my associate’s degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Meridian Community College in 2008. At the time I didn't want to move, but I wanted to pursue a bachelor's degree. 

In 2012 I decided to take classes at MCC so I could transfer and earn my bachelor's degree from the local university in Meridian. The local university doesn't offer a bachelor's degree in Hotel Management - the degree I wanted - so when I returned to MCC, I had to pursue a marketing degree so I would be able to at least start my journey towards a bachelor’s degree. 

One day I heard a Bama By Distance commercial on the radio and immediately looked it up. I noticed that UA offered a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management online, and I would be able to graduate with the degree I wanted! I applied, got accepted and said “HELLO, UA!” I was already a Director of Sales for a hotel and conference center, but I wanted to achieve my goal of earning a bachelor's degree. 

I started taking classes at UA in January 2013 and finished in December 2015. During the process I moved to Tuscaloosa where I am now a general manager in the hotel industry. With my job requirements I would not have been able to complete my degree if I had taken classes the traditional way. 

My professors were great! My experience was great! I feel accomplished and was able to graduate with the degree I wanted! 

Thank you UA for offering such a great program!