Graduate Success Stories: Holly Siget

2017, Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration Graduate

Holly Siget in cap and gown holding diploma

Holly Siget was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky. She enlisted in the armed services, where she served 4 years in the U.S. Navy and 12 years in the U.S. Army.

“I was a combat medic and pharmacy technician. So I kind of was put into both roles and I treated foreign and domestic soldiers and civilians during deployments to Iraq. And, I was able to go out and help in the community for assignments. It was just a really rewarding experience.”

Holly was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant and decided to enroll in Kaplan University in 2015.

“I had given birth to twin boys, and one of them was born with hearing loss and was autistic. I had a medical background being in the military because that’s what I did. So I decided I wanted to go into the medical field. I wasn't really sure what aspect of it.”

Holly began pursuing a degree in medical assisting, but a therapist’s visit to her home changed her mind and program of study.

“I started getting into learning more about my son and his hearing loss and being autistic. And, when the therapist started coming to the house and treating him, I decided that's exactly what I want to do. That was my passion.”

As a working mother of five children, including three under the age of 5, who was also supporting her husband in his career (a captain in the U.S. Army), going to school meant long days and longer nights.

“My day was getting up, and getting kids ready, and getting them where they needed to be, whether it was preschool or child care, and off to work. Then, I would work a full day and come home and tend to my family. There were nights I was up till 3:30 in the morning working on schoolwork after seminars, doing what I needed to do just to turn around and do it all over again. Weekends were occupied with getting reports, assignments, and tests done. It was a good bit of sacrifice.”

Kaplan University proved to be a great fit for Holly.

“I chose Kaplan University because it gave me that convenience to be at home. I didn’t have time, with five children, to go sit in a classroom, work full time, and go to school. Kaplan University had everything that I needed. I called to inquire about my degree program and started a month and a half later. Every time I’ve called, my questions are answered. The school’s just really been on top of anything. I haven't encountered any issues of problems, and so I’ve brought people to the school including my husband. The professors, without a doubt, hands down, have been some of the best professors and people that I have met and gotten to know.”

Holly’s husband is studying business management at Kaplan University.

Today, thanks to her degree from Kaplan University, Holly is a registered behavior technician at Butterfly Effects, where she works with autistic children.