NCU Grad Aims to Pay It Forward As a Mentor for Students

Regina Web

What goes around really does come around, as Dr. Regena Weatherford, PhD in Psychology, found after pursuing her doctorate at NCU. One of NCU's strengths is its one-to-one learning model. Having experienced how much that personalized support contributed to her own education, Weatherford wants to "pay it forward" as a mentor for other students. "Hopefully, one day I can become a professor for NCU, reaching out to students who are working on their doctorate and needing extra support." NCU's mentoring approach can make all the difference when dealing with the stresses of balancing work, family and school.

"My time at NCU made me work hard and find my inner strength. Being a student taught me the terms struggle, fight, determination, motivation and willpower," she said. "The one-to-one online learning was the best, as I did not have to worrry about trying to get to a campus after working all day."

Weatherford is a supervisor at a juvenile detention facility and an adjunct professor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California. She credits her experience at NCU with helping her reach for even bigger things. "Sometimes I still feel like I am in a dream, but earning my degree made me realize I can do anything I set my mind to do. It has given me more ambition," she said. Weatherford is determined to secure a director level position in a detention facility and continue to teach at the college level. She is trying to get her first book published, a small book of quotes on how to get through the dissertation process, and is already working on a second book aimed at at-risk teens and adults.