Paige Luben is pursuing an online master's degree in business administration from Eastern New Mexico University to further her career opportunities. The San Francisco Bay Area resident is a part-time graduate assistant, a full-time engineer at Pear Therapeutics and a college and career advisor at a non-profit.
As a volunteer for her county, she oversees six court-appointed special advocates and is the president-elect of the Alumni Board at California State University, East Bay.
She discusses her career path and goals: "I am currently in a brand-new industry that I love and can see myself in for a long time. Being a part of a company that is literally the first of its kind is engaging and exciting.
"Our company also has the luxury of attracting top talent, making teammates not only a joy to work with but also excellent resources to learn from every day. In my career, I will now always pursue these attributes in a role and company.
"Ultimately, I would like to continue to progress into a strategic leadership position and perhaps one day lead my own company that I am equally passionate about."
Going for an MBA at ENMU "aligns with my career goals and builds on my bachelor's degree. It provides a foundation for a variety of paths to leadership and executive roles."
She continues, "I chose ENMU because it is a fully accredited university that had a fully remote MBA program at a low cost."
Paige recommends the MBA Program to "many people because it gives you a broad scope of learnings that are applicable in many professions. It is also a very recognizable and esteemed degree."
The 4.0 student, who received the highest honors from the Honor Society and distinguished scholar from the Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement, shares that Dr. Robert Schneider in the College of Business has served as a mentor to her, providing both college and career advice.
She works with Dr. Mark Viner as a GA, researching online learning concerning discussion boards, feedback, assessment and media resources.
Her favorite course so far was Managerial Research Analysis because she "learned a lot of new things, and it was an interesting class."
Paige was born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in the Bay Area. She has three brothers and grew up in a traditional Christian home with a stay-at-home mother and a father who worked as an engineer. She has a daughter, Kalista, and will be a grandmother in February of 2022.
The ENMU student, who plans to graduate in the summer of 2022, dreams of making an impact on the world: "I value serving the community and will always be a part of non-profits and/or education.
"One day, I hope to be an inspiration to others. I was a single teenage mom that put myself through college by working full-time and giving up sleep. I had no support getting my bachelor's degree, and then after barely making it through college, I was met with the Great Recession.
"I have watched so many others struggle through a broken system and seen the impact it makes to have someone to look up to and say 'well they made so can I.'"