Alumni Testimonials

Michelle Cash

, Class of 2017
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As I debated online with my Norwich classmates, I simultaneously began to have my students do the same. I can say that it truly expanded my approach to teaching.
Michelle Cash, Class of 2017

We’d first like to know a little more about you…

I am the daughter of a US Navy chaplain and spent my childhood moving to new spots along the east coast, and even in England. Therefore, after I graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 2003 with a B.A. in history I decided to lay down my roots in one place. I've lived in San Diego for thirteen years and have been teaching American History at a creative and performing arts school for the past decade. After my father completed his M.A. in military history from Norwich University in 2015, he encouraged me to take do the same. His admiration for the program was the incentive I needed to return to academia.

Now we’d like to know how you came to choose Norwich and what makes it unique.

As an educator, I believe that it is important to be a genuine professional in your field. When choosing a graduate program I decided that Norwich would provide me with not only the flexibility that I needed to continue teaching while I pursued my degree, but also the rigor that I expected from graduate-level coursework. In that respect, Norwich met both my needs and expectations!

Norwich Results

Throughout my master's program, I was able to apply the information and skills that I learned in my online classes to my high school classroom. Not only was I able to speak more in-depth during lectures and class discussions, I also found myself encouraging my students to consider different interpretations of historical events. As I debated online with my Norwich classmates, I simultaneously began to have my students do the same. I can say that it truly expanded my approach to teaching.

Reflecting on the Residency Conference – The Culminating Campus Experience

After going through online classes with men and women from across the U.S., people who have faced the same academic challenges, it was incredibly rewarding to meet them in person. During the final Capstone course, it can be easy to become absorbed in your own research. Yet, the residency program gave us the opportunity to attend sessions to learn more about what our classmates had written, and made me aware of the numerous paths the Capstone journey had taken us down. When we walked across the stage for commencement at the end of the week, I was able to better appreciate not only my own achievement but that of my fellow Norwich graduates as well.