2008 Ecampus Graduates
Kayla Crook - Contribution to Society
B.S. Liberal Studies
North Bend, OR
What does completing your degree mean to you? How do you feel it will improve your life and career?
I will be the first person in my family to earn a college degree. I have been working towards this goal for as long as I can remember. A college degree means that I will be able to be a productive citizen in our society and be able to provide for my family.
With this degree, I was able to apply and be accepted into a special education master’s program. I was also offered a job as a special education teacher in the district where I currently work as an educational assistant. Without this degree, I would not have been given this opportunity.
Why did you choose to complete your degree online through OSU Extended Campus? What did you like about this method of education?
I originally chose to complete my degree through OSU Extended Campus because of my husband's employment. Later, it was more convenient with my work schedule and the birth of our daughter. I find that taking classes online is challenging, but rewarding. I learn better when I read and take notes, so this method of learning has been very beneficial to me.
Did you have an instructor or advisor who was influential in helping you succeed as a distance student?
One instructor that was influential in helping me succeed was Wallis Sanborn. I took two of his classes. He challenges his students to really think about the subject. His classes required that the students actively participate in the class, which is a very important concept in distance learning.
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