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Monique Lanier

Monique Lanier is a freelance writer who also has a long history in writing, acting and music, both as a writer and performer. She earned her Oregon State University bachelor's degree online and a master's degree in theological studies at Harvard University. She is now pursuing an MFA in poetry with Oregon State.
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How to reduce your anxiety in online classes

3 minute read If you’re anything like me, class anxiety is a real thing. Also, like me, I find it annoying, time-consuming and baffling. I still can’t figure out why I get so anxious in class, why my heart pounds every time I speak up and why I dread papers and tests. I’m not a psychologist, a counselor or a trained specialist in class anxiety, but I can offer a few things I’ve learned as an Oregon State Ecampus student and in my graduate studies at Harvard that can help.

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How to build connections with instructors in online classes

3 minute read Connections made during college can have profound and lasting effects on our lives. I would not have been able to anticipate how the professors I met online through Oregon State Ecampus would enrich not only my educational experience but also my development as a person. If I hadn’t reached out to build connections with instructors, I would have missed out on one of the greatest experiences of my life.

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So, you want to go to graduate school? Start here

4 minute read If anyone asks me if they should go to graduate school, I mostly always say, “Yes! If you can, go to graduate school!” I am a huge champion of grad school — all education, to be honest. Once you decide graduate school is right for you, there will be many questions about what to do next. Here are a few steps to get you started.

How to network as an online student

Simple ‘tricks’ on how to network online as an Ecampus student

3 minute read Networking online is simply engaging in genuine relationships. I was authentically interested in my professors and fellow students, and it was this sincere interest and profound respect that led to wonderful experiences as an Oregon State Ecampus student. Even though it took a little courage, I did a couple of things that made a world of difference in online networking for me.

The basics of online learning from an OSU Ecampus student

Online classes: The basics for beginners

3 minute read When I first started thinking about going to school online, I was completely clueless as to what I should expect. Of course, I knew what the internet was and the basics of how to use a computer, but I felt pretty intimidated about online classes because I honestly had no idea how earning a degree from a distance worked. Even if I was anxious and a little embarrassed about my lack of online skills, I was determined to finish my degree.

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Oregon State Everywhere: Grateful after a 20-year battle

3 minute read “At the time of the stroke, I was enrolled in the local community college, just about to graduate and start nursing school. I even considered becoming a doctor. As I started to recover, I found out none of my plans were possible. Among other things, I had lost the ability to comprehend written words. … It took 20 years to get here, and I don’t mind a bit. I’m just grateful for the chance and the people at Oregon State who are making it possible.” – Monique Lanier, religious studies student