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Sheri Cook, MDS Graduate

Sheri Cook, MDS Graduate

Sheri completed her Multidisciplinary Studies degree and kept on going! She is now working towards a master’s degree in Public Administration and hopes to add on a graduate certificate in conflict management. She started the Multidisciplinary Studies program to move ahead in her current job and set a good example for her children: a goal that she has accomplished.

How did you find the MDS program?

I came across MDS quite by accident – I called BSU’s Center for Professional Development, as I wanted to take their Leadership courses. The woman I spoke to directed me to the MDS program. I was fortunate to reach Rebecca when I called the office. She was wonderful, enthusiastic, and gave me hope I had been missing for a while.

Why did you choose MDS?

MDS was the fastest way for me to complete my degree, and offered flexibility that my previous major did not. I was essentially able to tailor my courses to the things I am passionate about – leadership and dispute resolution – and earn two certificates in conjunction with my degree. I love the flexibility of online and in-person classes. MDS has offered better advising, greater flexibility, and stronger support than any other degree path I researched.

How would you say that MDS is different from other degree programs?

How is MDS not different? I am unaware of any other undergraduate degree programs who work so hard to make flexible options available to students like me – students returning to school after an absence, students who have previously-earned credits, students who probably have several other balls to juggle at the same time as classes.

Why was it important for you to finish what you started?

I am 40 years old, and have completely hit a wall in my career. I cannot advance without a bachelors degree, and I am not willing to stay in the same position (or a different lateral position) for the next 30 years. In addition, I have four children. Only one of the 4 enjoys school, but I fear that none of them will be able to function in the world on their own without a degree. I need them to see that it is possible, it is achievable, and that even their mom can do it.

What are your plans after you complete the MDS degree?

After graduation, I plan to continue at BSU in the Graduate College, pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree, as well as a graduate certificate in conflict management. I plan to continue working where I am, until/unless something amazing and exciting presents itself. I have worked at the same company for over 18 years, and I realize that I may have to leave to find new challenges. We’ll see.

Do you take courses on campus or online? If online, do you like the online program?


I have taken courses both online and on campus. I like them both. I especially like the flexibility of online courses. I have found instructors to be knowledgeable and easy to reach, which also helps immensely.

What are you passionate about? How have you been able to incorporate your passions into your degree?

I am passionate about people. I believe that every person holds potential – everyone has their own strengths and has the potential for greatness. I think that focusing on those strengths and providing opportunities for success makes it easier to work on areas that are less strong, as well as creating thoughtful, happy people. It really applies to every aspect of life, and it means more than anything to me when I can be a support to someone’s success. I love my leadership courses because I want to be that supportive person who equips others to succeed.

What advice can you give to a current or future MDS student?


Do it. It won’t be easy, and some days you’ll feel so overwhelmed you think it will never end. But there are moments – periods of time – that are so fulfilling, so rewarding, that you’ll never want to stop. You can do this. And when you reach your last semester, when the end is so close you can feel it, you will look back and be grateful for each person who helped and supported you, each opportunity you had to learn and grow, and each moment of hard work, endurance, and perseverance that brought you to this stage.

What was your greatest challenge during the MDS program and how did you overcome it?

My greatest challenge was speeding up my graduation date, and taking a full-time course load for my final 3 semesters. I had been successfully completing 6-9 credits each semester for over a year and felt I could handle it, but about mid-way through that first full-time semester, I nearly had a meltdown and quit altogether. My husband is amazing and has been so incredibly supportive. He told me he’d be really mad at me if I didn’t finish now after all the work and time invested. He really balances me, and I’m not sure where I’d be without him.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I guess I don’t find myself a particularly surprising person, but others are sometimes surprised that I’m Basque, that I play co-ed Sunday softball, and that I have a strange passion/addiction for yarn (I love to knit and crochet, and shopping for yarn is the only type of shopping I really enjoy).

What extracurricular activities were you involved in?

I work a full-time job, married to my best friend, mother of 4 – my extracurricular activities have pretty much been off-campus. Well, except for Bronco football. I have really enjoyed having student tickets!

Did you complete an internship as part of your degree?

I did participate in one internship credit. I was a TA for LEAD 327 the semester after I completed the course. I was able to create and teach lessons, facilitate groups, and learn a different side of academia. I loved it.

Shana Kittrell, MDS Graduate

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Shana Kittrell’s story is like many Multidisciplinary Studies students: she attended school in the past multiple times and was ready to finally finish her degree. When she found MDS, she found a comfortable, supportive environment that set her up for success. Her passion for healthcare and leadership has motivated her to continue her education and she is now pursuing a second degree from Boise State!

How did you find the MDS program?

I found the MDS program through a friend who was currently in the program. She gave my Rebecca’s email and that is where it all started for me.

Why did you choose MDS?

I chose MDS because I had gone back to school before just to leave again. The advising staff was so amazing and supportive. I loved that the program is geared towards the success of the students. I have never felt more comfortable talking about my past grades with anyone. I will forever be grateful for the support I was given through out the past two years.

How would you say that MDS is different from other degree programs?

MDS is so different from any other program at Boise State because they want each student to succeed. No student is left behind and the support staff provided to the students is excellent. They take the time to be there for each student and you are not just another number in the crowd. The professors have all been wonderful as well, classes are geared towards our success and they take the time to get to know their students.

Why is it important for you to finish what you started?

It was important to finish what I started because I am now the mother of two wonderful daughters. I wanted to show them that dreams can come true no matter what age you are and no matter how many bumps you may hit along the way.

What are your plans after you complete the MDS degree?

After graduation in May I plan on actually continuing my education. The MDS program has given me a new found confidence in my ability to go further and strive for the top. I have had many great professors through out the past two years and I have gained leadership skills that will greatly benefit my future.

Do you take courses on campus or online? If online, do you like the online program?


I take both online and on campus classes. I decided to add the Leadership Certificate to my degree and some of those classes are on campus. I love the online program! I tell so many people about the MDS program and how it makes it completing your degree attainable. I am a stay at home mom and full time student. The online classes allow me the freedom to complete my homework around my kids’ schedule.

What are you passionate about? How have you been able to incorporate your passions into your degree?

I am passionate about leadership and healthcare. I have been able to incorporate that into my degree by taking leadership and teamwork classes. I am also completing my service learning through a program called baby steps that provides health education to new mothers. I am so lucky to have found a program that incorporates all my passions into my final course.

What advice can you give to a current or future MDS student?


My best advice is to communicate with your advisor. If you need to be a part time student one semester than do it. This degree allows you to complete it at your own pace. Stick to it and they will support you to the finish line.

What was your greatest challenge during the MDS program and how did you overcome it?

My greatest challenge was first actually getting started. I am pretty sure I started crying in Rebecca’s office as I began my journey. My hardest semester was my second one in the program, I was pregnant with my second baby due in February so after talking with my advisor I decided to go part time and I also communicated with my professors. I made it through with support and communication from my teachers and advisors.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

People would be surprised to know that I have been in and out of college for 12 years and I will finally be graduating in May! I plan to continue my education after I walk because the MDS program has made me believe anything is possible.

Amy Clark, MDS Graduate

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Amy Clark graduated from Boise State’s Multidisciplinary Studies program in spring 2017.

While working on her degree she began a new career as a Financial Professional where she is helping others reach their life goals. Amy took classes both on the Boise State main campus and online and has great advice for other students that are trying to balance life, work, and school.

How did you find the MDS Degree?

I was searching the BSU website hoping to find a few classes that I could take that would further my education and eventually lead me to a degree. I was so pleased to find the MDS Degree that was perfect for me.

Why did you choose MDS?

I had always wanted to get my degree and I had quite a few credits already. I had owned several businesses and had a ton of life experience, so the name alone was enough to convince me. I was Multi-disciplined in my life. The fact that I could essentially take the life skills I had and the credits I had and wrap them into a perfect little package was awesome.

Why is it important for you to finish what you started?

I had always felt that I had failed in college and I didn’t think that I would ever be able to move on from that until I received my degree. It is such a feeling of accomplishment to finally be graduating. If I can accomplish this, I can accomplish anything.

What are your plans after you complete the MDS degree?

I will be working as a Financial Professional with New York Life. Through all of my life experience, and now my degree, I really feel prepared to help people reach their own goals in their life.

Do you take courses on campus or online? If online, do you like the online program?


I took classes both on campus and online. I really wanted to have the experience of classes in person, but I also had a full-time job, so I needed to take some online. I have a minor in Psychology, and there aren’t many psychology classes online, so I took those on campus. I like doing both. I was able to do the online classes on my own time, but I had the interaction with students and was able to make some new friends.

What are you passionate about? How have you been able to incorporate your passions into your degree?

I am passionate about helping people. I want everyone to succeed at something. I have been able to do some service learning that has incorporated my passions which has been great!

What advice can you give to a current or future MDS student?


Just do it! Do one assignment at a time and don’t give up. Sometimes it feels like a long road, but it goes faster than you think and soon you will be graduating.

What was your greatest challenge during the MDS program and how did you overcome it?

My greatest challenge was starting my career a year before I graduated. The timing was a little bit crazy, but I just kept taking the next step and doing the next thing. This year has gone so fast.

How would you say MDS is different from other degree programs?

It is really great for students that don’t really know what they want to do when they grow up. Through the whole process, I was able to explore myself and figure out what I really wanted to do as a career.

What extracurricular activities were you involved in?

I play ice hockey and golf. However, I was recruited by my New York Life about a year ago, so I have spent a lot of the last year working on training with them. I have loved every minute of it and between work and school, I am ready for anything.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

That I am a 45 and play ice hockey. I didn’t start until I was 38 and It is the most fun thing I have ever done. I play on a women’s team and we travel to different places to play in tournaments.