Capella University "Share Your Story" Program

Bloggers reflect on career triumphs & support wonderful causes!

As an accredited university, Capella University takes online education to a higher level. They believe that with the right education, people will have the tools to make a difference in any situation, no matter how challenging.

Capella believes that real life-changing learning happens in an environment of academic excellence, challenge and personal connection. This lines up with the university's mission, which is to extend access to high quality bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certificate programs for adults who seek to maximize their potential. This mission is fulfilled through innovative programs that are responsive to the needs of adult learners and involve active, engaging, challenging and relevant learning experiences offered in a variety of delivery modes.

In the spirit of maximizing potential, Capella University asked bloggers to share their stories of making a difference by going above and beyond the call of duty in their careers. Click on the links below to read their inspirational stories! When you join the conversation by leaving a comment, BlogHer will donate one dollar to a deserving charity of the blogger's choice!

The BlogHer Capella promotion runs from November 12, 2012 to December 31, 2012 and is only open to individuals who, at the time of entry deadline, are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years or older. Click here for official rules. 

An Interview with My Mom

For as long as I can remember, my mom has been a nurse. In reality, she's been a nurse for my entire life. When my younger sister was in kindergarten she went back to work, and she's worked ever since. At first, I thought I'd much rather have a mom who was a doctor -- it seemed that there was no glory in nursing. Gradually, over the years, it's become clear to me that my mom could be nothing other than a nurse. It's what she is -- as corny as it sounds, it's what she was called to do....more

Making a Difference - Interview with Melissa Zgola, MS, MA

As I spoke with Melissa Zgola, MS, MA, a professor at Capella University, I started to notice a very similar pattern.  Not only did she face the same issues within education, but she was discouraged from pursuing a career in IT.  And let me tell ya, IT isn’t exactly a field where you can pick up skills as you go along.  Most of the knowledge that one has in the field has to come from education, as well as trial and error.  There is a real math and science to most things and without the proper education, it’s hard if not impossible to succeed....more

My Life as an IT Manager

Recently I was asked to show some of the girls in my community the inside of a computer. I taught them the different parts, what they do, how to remove them and how to put them back. I let them get in there and play with the inside of the computer, and they LOVED it. Exposing young girls to this kind of technology will help them get excited about STEM careers, and we need way more girls in STEM careers! That is how I try to make a difference, by proving to the world that women can be successful in STEM careers, and encourage more women to join me!...more

Back To School

Today I am interviewing my husband about his career choice and his education. I am married to a Geek – as if you all didn’t already know. He has a nice bookend set of college degrees under his belt. I am still working on my own. Why did you choose software engineering as your choice of career? It was something I always did. As a kid it was a hobby. When I graduated college with a degree in biotechnology there weren’t many jobs in my chosen field. I went to work for a company that had nothing to do with genetic engineering but provided educational assistance as part of the benefits perks....more

Defending Men: one woman’s journey to become a nurse

The name Sandy means one who defends men, (with another interpretation as God's helper), and for Registered Nurse Sandy Hoffman, her name has always given her purpose. "I've always wanted [God's] people," she said. "This is something my parents fostered in me from a young age." At 17, Sandy remembers learning about of the global efforts of medical missionaries at church and said their mission spoke to her heart. It was an epiphany moment for Sandy who says she knew deep in her gut that she would become a doctor or a nurse....more

Making a Difference, One Life at a Time

I am blessed to be a part of such a compassionate profession, where I can make a profound difference in the lives of my patients and families every single day. My passion has been in the Operating Room and Recovery Room. ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! Surgery is such a scary endeavor for many people, and I like to make the experience as positive as possible....more

Capella University – Making a Difference

 I know that I’ve touched so many lives through my choices. I’ve helped college students in Japan who I will never meet, as well as many children and adults around the world, all because of my love of video games, writing, and testing. This makes me feel good about my choices!...more

Interview With Capella Graduate, Rachael Hartman

"I think Service Members and their families are the best people I can work with because they truly know what sacrifice is," Rachael replied when I asked her how she liked being on a Military Base. "I've been in their shoes and going to Capella helped me to gain confidence that I could help the people who meant the most to me."...more

[Capella] Making A Difference In The Lives of Others

As a mom, the thought of leaving my child alone in a hospital at any age is devastating, so I love to hear the stories of my sister-in-law spending extra time with those kids, rocking babies, singing to them, making sure that they have a movie that they enjoy and just sharing the personality that really makes her one of a kind....more

Making a Difference

He specializes in drug and alcohol addiction, and has flourished on his new path. He has such a way with people, and easily gains their trust. He helps them learn coping and life skills, and motivates them to change their thinking and behavior. The best part of the job is witnessing patients turn their lives around, earn their family's trust, and ultimately gain their own dignity back....more