2011 OSU Ecampus graduates

Jeramie Jones – Leading by examplejeramie jones

B.S. Natural Resources
Sacramento, Calif.

What does completing your degree mean to you? How do you feel it will improve your life and career?
Completing my degree will first and foremost provide a sense of accomplishment that I have longed for for many years. I was very disappointed in myself that I had not been more dedicated earlier in my academic life, and graduating gives me a great sense of pride. It also means that I will serve as a good example to my daughter and that by having well-educated parents, she is much more likely to earn a college education as well.

Why did you choose to complete your degree online through OSU Extended Campus? What did you like about this method of education?
I chose to pursue my degree online because of the opportunity it presented to earn my degree while maintaining my current career. I chose OSU Extended Campus specifically because of its high academic ranking in my area of study and because it is a Pac-10 school. 

Did you have an instructor or advisor who was influential in helping you succeed as a distance student?
Marge Victor has been extremely helpful in helping guide my progress at OSU. Although stretched very thin, she reviewed my academic transcript in great detail and helped me to be as efficient as possible in earning my degree, which was critical to keeping me motivated. I also appreciated the feedback offered by Les Joslin in his wilderness management course. His compliments and constructive criticism made me feel respected and helped foster an overall sense of belonging to the academic community and to Oregon State.

What will your Ecampus degree allow you to do that you were unable to do before?
My new degree will open up doors to be able to pursue a career in the wildlife management field. I hope to use my degree, in conjunction with 15 years of business experience, to work on finding ways to promote natural resource conservation while respecting the values set forth in a multiple-use paradigm.

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