Alcorn Alum Sharon Marshall publishes book that gives strategies to completing graduate school

After earning her master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. earlier this year, Natchez, Miss., native Sharon Marshall realized that, not only did she leave campus with a quality education, but inspiration to write a book that would lead students on their journey through grad school.

“When I started graduate school, I didn’t have any guidance about what to expect on a graduate level,” said Marshal, who earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Alcorn State University in 2012. “After finishing my program, I realized that some students would need guidance on completing graduate courses. That’s when I was inspired to write my book.”

Marshall’s book, Strategies for Success in an Online Graduate Class, details the strategies she used during her coursework that allowed her to be successful in completing graduate school. The book touches on subjects such as proper citing of sources, making sacrifices to complete school, turning assignments in on time and much more. She hopes her advice will be a big help to all students.

“I think my book will benefit students because it is filled with helpful advice they could use to complete grad school. I learned everything by trial and error, but my book can be a road map for students to follow.”

Since the book’s release, it has received rave reviews from her family and friends. Some of her family members liked it so much that they plan to apply the book’s pointers to their pursuit of an education.

“I have received lots of positive feedback about my book. I sent some of my friends and family members a draft of the book, and I received nothing but positive comments about it. One friend said that I covered everything and my oldest niece said that she plans to use my advice when she goes back to graduate school.”

Marshall said that even though she loves to read and has plenty of favorite authors, she never pictured penning her own book.

“It’s a surreal feeling for me. I never, in my wildest dreams, thought that I would be a writer or publish a book. It’s hard for me to believe that I have a book for sale. I give all honor and glory to God for my book.”

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