2012 OSU Ecampus graduates

Cinthia Carrillo – A family first is the source of family pride

B.A. in Political Science
Prineville, Ore.

What does earning your OSU degree mean to you?
Earning my OSU degree is the most significant professional accomplishment I have achieved. I am a first-generation college student and the first to graduate, so not only for me is this a significant accomplishment, but also for my family. Without my family's support I would not have succeeded as much as I have until now, and now having earned my OSU degree I can now repay my family and my community for serving as my number one motivation and leave a footprint in the world with confidence and pride.

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 complete my degree online through OSU Ecampus when I decided to leave a private university to come home and help run my father's business due to a rapid economic downturn in our community. A family friend of ours commented on the great quality and recognition of OSU online college and this prompted me to look into the college. I quickly became very excited about earning a bachelor’s degree online through such a well-known and admired college in my home state. It makes me proud and happy that I could finish school full-time while also working full-time in my father's business in order to save the family business during such a critical economic time in the country.

Did you have an instructor or advisor who was influential in helping you succeed as a distance student?
Professor Brent Steel, whom I had for four different classes, was very influential in helping me succeed as a distance student. Not only did he provide me with great feedback on assignments and papers, but he also assisted me in providing recommendation letters for law school applications. His prompt responses gave me the security that professors at OSU Ecampus actually care about their students and not only see them as distant individuals. I was accepted to a law school this upcoming fall term and am grateful for the grit and confidence that is passed on from professors like Brent Steel to their students.

What will your Ecampus degree allow you to do that you were unable to do before?
Ever since I was a little girl, I had the dream the going to law school. Now with my bachelor’s degree I can pursue that dream and with hard work and determination, that dream gets closer and closer to being fulfilled. This degree has already opened many doors to me, not only with more job opportunities, but also has given me a sense of recognition and confidence that is needed greatly in order to succeed in the workforce.

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