2012 OSU Ecampus graduates

Jenelle Eager – Leaving OSU better educated, more open-minded

Jenelle EagerB.S. in Liberal Studies
Redmond, Ore.

What does earning your OSU degree mean to you?
Earning my degree has been such an exciting and interesting process. It means that I have completed something noteworthy, that I am up for the challenge, and can be successful at anything I put my mind to. I feel that I'm a much more well-rounded person, not only because of earning a degree, but also the valuable information I've learned from my professors, the sense of satisfaction that comes from accomplishment, and a newfound belief in myself and in my future.

Why did you choose to complete your degree online through OSU Extended Campus? What did you like about this method of education?
As a returning student who had been working for many years, I wanted to continue my full-time employment and have flexibility to complete assignments in the evenings and on weekends. This format fit well with my already established life, as I did not have the financial luxury to work part time. I would recommend it to anyone! I have taken many traditional college classes as well and my instructors were often just as involved as if they were standing in front of a classroom. The material was just as interesting and challenging, and without the pressure of making time in my busy schedule to drive to classes, I was able to completely focus on my schoolwork while not at my job or attending to other obligations.

Did you have an instructor or advisor who was influential in helping you succeed as a distance student?
I have had many great instructors. Professor Al-Saiidi was one of my favorites, and I feel like she's opened my mind to other cultures in a way that I'd never explored before; contributing to my current commitment to diversity. She was also very attentive and seems like a very genuine person. Professor Nolan was one of my more challenging professors, but I give her credit for helping me become a better writer. Her feedback was critical in improving my writing skills and I thank her for that.

What will your Ecampus degree allow you to do that you were unable to do before?
I plan to continue on to a master’s program, but even without doing so receiving my bachelor’s is life changing. I am able to apply for many more positions than before, raising my wages and quality of life. My confidence has also grown in a way that comes with hard work and perseverance that increases self-esteem. I know I can accomplish my goals and have proven that I have what it takes scholastically, which has also improved my confidence in the workplace.

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