Alumna returns to UGA for online program

Double Dawg alumna Sumaiyah Bint Anas Bashir (B.S. ’17, B.A. ’17) received degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Georgia in 2017. 

Sumaiyah Bint Anas BashirAfter graduation, Bashir worked as a registered behavior technician (RBT). There, she helped children on the autism spectrum learn social cues and behaviors. While working as an RBT, she earned the M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, Applied Cognition and Development degree through the Mary Frances Early College of Education. She graduated with a master’s in 2019.

“I chose UGA because I’m loyal and I knew I would receive a quality education,” Bashir said. “I also liked the flexibility of the online program—I could still work while pursuing my degree.” 

For those interested in an online program, Bashir suggests preparing for the commitment and effort the program requires. “I think other students should know that you can get a quality education online and sometimes it takes a bit of effort and commitment on your part, but it is 100% feasible,” she said.

Bashir said the online courses improved her time management skills because of the asynchronous design of the program. “If you have strong time management skills, you can take on anything 

Bashir is waiting to put her degree to use as she is currently pursuing a master’s of Social Work degree at UGA. 

She plans to pursue a career as a marriage and family therapist and hopes to apply her master’s degree knowledge to help families understand and work through problems.