The pursuit of higher education is a value Tiffany Jarrett learned from her father. She remembers watching her father work toward his master’s degree when she was a teenager. She hopes her decision to pursue a graduate degree at this point in her life, with a demanding full-time job and four young children at home, will similarly inspire her own children.
“My family is a constant reminder of why I need to succeed and do my best in this program.”
This thought keeps Tiffany motivated as she makes the drive to Fayetteville once a month for classes, and occasionally to meet with classmates for study groups. She lives in Jenks, Oklahoma, about 2 hours from Fayetteville.
Balancing a full-time job with graduate school and family responsibilities is a challenge that Tiffany meets by scheduling study time on a daily basis and being clear with herself and others about the demands of the program.
“When taking part in a program like this you have to be ok with the fact that your life will be a bit unbalanced. It is a two-year sacrifice that yields a lifetime of success. Before starting the program, my loved ones had a clear understanding of my new responsibility and they also hold me accountable for balancing my time.”
Even though Tiffany lives in Oklahoma, she has strong ties to the University of Arkansas. She completed her bachelor’s degree here in Elementary Education and was a Razorback cheerleader during her time as an undergraduate student.
After graduating, instead of going into education she went to work in business where she gained extensive sales experience. Tiffany now works as a Government Account Executive with Verizon Wireless, where she provides technological solutions for government entities.
After a combined 16 years experience in medical, pharmaceutical, and technology sales, she is ready to challenge herself and advance to the next level. She found that, without a business specific degree, her advancement opportunities were limited. She decided it was time to pursue a graduate degree in business. The Walton College was her top choice.
“I am an Alumni of the University of Arkansas. It was always my first choice. The standards set by this organization are exceptional. The reputation and the experiences that I am gaining from this program are priceless.”
The Walton Executive MBA program (EMBA) provides the perfect opportunity for Tiffany to gain the advanced knowledge she’s seeking. This part-time program is designed for working professionals and allows students to pursue higher education without giving up their full-time jobs. Classes meet in-person once a month and the remaining work is completed online.
Tiffany appreciates the approach her professors take toward teaching. Students are encouraged to come up with novel solutions that work within business and environmental constraints. She’s found that working from this perspective has given her a new level of confidence.
“The program encourages free-thinking and holds you accountable for being original and studious. It’s inspiring me to become an expert and spark change in whatever marketplace that I’m working in.”
Despite a schedule that is packed full, Tiffany finds time to enjoy cooking, lifting weights, dancing, shopping, and watching her kids play sports.
She is committed to advancing her career and eventually may apply her business knowledge to the field of education. Her dream job is to work at a university as a business school professor or university diversity director.