2012 OSU Ecampus graduates

Allison Schulz – A wealth of knowledge and a list of people to thank

B.S. in Liberal Studies
San Diego, Calif.

What does earning your OSU degree mean to you?
It means everything to me. Not only did I learn more than I could have ever expected, but I have come away with proof that I have a scientifically grounded yet well rounded mind. I can make ethical decisions about life and have a foundation for the master’s program I was just accepted to!

Why did you choose to complete your degree online through OSU Extended Campus? What did you like about this method of education?
I chose Oregon State not only because the colleges in my area/state were overcrowded and underfunded, but that Ecampus was obviously a high-quality alternative to going into campus. I didn't have to uproot and move because I got into your excellent school. I was able to stay flexible, keep my job and stay close to my family.

Did you have an instructor or advisor who was influential in helping you succeed as a distance student?
I enjoyed that my teachers were still just as involved (sometimes even more involved) than on-campus teachers. Especially Pam VanLonden, who in WS 320 taught me how to blog, use Excel to do my finances, and how to be a strong female while pursuing my passions. Pam Cytranbaum (liberal studies professor), Sara Jameson (writing professor), Stefanie Buck (Ecampus librarian) and, of course, Mary Caughey, who made it so clear that OSU was the best option for me. She really went out of her way to evaluate where I would stand once I enrolled, and that helped me choose OSU over other online programs.

What will your Ecampus degree allow you to do that you were unable to do before?
Well, I now have a breadth of understanding in the social sciences and a new grasp on both the technology and the writing skills that it will take me to succeed in the field. I also got into graduate school to continue pursuing liberal studies. Oregon State has also made an impact on how motivated I am to be involved in two things: public health and sustainability measures. So thank you, OSU Ecampus!

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