2007 Ecampus Graduates
Carol Snaza-The Finish Line
B.S. in Liberal Studies
It was health issues that put 2007 OSU Extended Campus graduate Carol Snaza's degree on hold in 1978. At that time, she left the OSU campus in Corvallis and headed home to Washington State. She eventually earned her associate's degree as a medical laboratory technician, but was encouraged to get a bachelor's degree by her supervisor.
But to Carol, her new degree is the key to a lot more than success in her career. "Having a bachelor's degree will help me get a promotion at work," Carol says. "There is more to this degree than a job. It is the idea that after a long time and many road blocks, I was able to finish something I started a long time ago."
There were many reasons why Carol found a good match with Ecampus when she decided to complete her degree. Not only did the University of Washington not accept most of her credits from OSU, she did not believe she would be able to finish in a reasonable amount of time in a traditional classroom setting. With Ecampus, she could work when it was convenient for her, and also have a worthwhile experience.
"When I left OSU in 1978, I didn't think I would be able to return to my finish my degree," Carol says. "I was thrilled to come back in this new way. I like the small class size of online classes and in the discussion groups everybody has a chance to participate. In a traditional class, usually there are too many people in them to have a discussion, or just a few people participate. It was interesting to me to see many different views on a subject."
Carol joined other Ecampus graduates on June 17 for the 2007 graduation ceremony, where she says she saw the whole spectrum of benefits of earning a degree through OSU Extended Campus. "While I was waiting in line, I ran into another distance student," Carol says. "We had different reasons for taking classes through Ecampus. She lives in a very remote part of Oregon, where I live close to a big city with many universities. But for me, distance classes worked out better than going to a university that was relatively close to where I live and work."
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