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Oregon State Ecampus liberal studies alumna Janine Romero stands on a balcony speaking to another person with short, dark hair who is facing Janine with their back to the camera. Janine is one of several Ecampus alumni who shared about the process of building a network and communication skills while earning an Oregon State degree online.

Despite distance, online learners build lasting connections

Oregon State University’s online learners do what many say can’t be done: form genuine connections in the digital classroom. Ecampus alumni from the Class of 2018 shared how their interactions with peers and instructors went far beyond the computer screen, providing the opportunity to polish their communication skills and collaborate with others in their fields.

Janine Romero and her husband, Lee, walk through a dry grassy area holding hands. Janine is looking at Lee and both are smiling. Janine wears blue jeans and a red-toned plaid shirt and Lee wears his military uniform.

‘Choose your own adventure’ in online liberal studies degree program

Janine Romero didn’t settle until she found the perfect degree online: a military-friendly university that offered a rigorous and well-rounded education to fulfill her interest in both the humanities and the sciences.

Fisheries and wildlife sciences alumna Jordan wears a blue dress and beige cardigan and carries a tablet in the bend of her left arm. She is walking forward, away from a blurred background of dark green trees and red brick.

Experiential learning led to flourishing career prospects for fisheries and wildlife sciences alumna

New textbooks, classmates from all over the world, the cover of the forest, calls from birds unseen, the fresh smell of soil (and sometimes fish). These are all the well-known staples of a college classroom. At least, that’s what Jordan Levi came to expect of her learning environments while enrolled online in the Oregon State University Ecampus fisheries and wildlife sciences bachelor’s degree program.

Lisa Frasieur, OSU Ecampus business administration graduate, stands against a white wall with dark brown wooden panels. She is holding a tablet in her hands and looking up and to the right. She has long brown hair and wears a blue shirt and a gray blazer.

Your seat at the table is out there. To claim it, first you have to stand up.

Twenty years into her career as an accountant, Lisa Frasieur felt like she was a peg below her peers. Truth be told, she was. “The first time I sat with our auditors, they asked me where I went to school,” she says now. “I didn’t have a degree, and it was embarrassing.”

Maria Carpenter sits outside with a silver laptop on her lap. She is looking at the laptop and smiling. Green foliage and red brick buildings are visible in the background.

With a dream at close range, no obstacle is too great

No obstacle could stand in the way as Maria Carpenter pursued her agricultural sciences degree – not her additional responsibilities as a parent and employee, nor a breast cancer diagnosis that came shortly after beginning her degree program.

Gustavo Ramos Nunez, who earned a Spanish degree online with Oregon State Ecampus, wears a white button-up shirt and faces slightly to the right. He is smiling excitedly on his graduation day. Behind him there is a large, out-of-focus tree.

Strengthening native roots with higher education

Accepting comfort was not enough of a challenge for Gustavo Ramos Nuñez, whose decision to enroll in the Spanish bachelor’s degree program online through Oregon State Ecampus arose from honoring his Peruvian roots and a desire for self-improvement.

Chris Holt wears his black graduation cap and gown and a black stole, which reads "Class of 2018" and displays the Oregon State University logo. Benny the Beaver stands on Chris' left side, wearing a white Beavers jersey. Benny has one arm around Chris' shoulder as the two walk side by side.

Sometimes the right career move brings you closer to home

Chris Holt was well-settled into a career that was stable and provided for his family, but when the long hours kept him away from home too often and his passion for plants pulled him in a new direction, he chose to follow the call. The hands-on experience he gained in the horticulture program led him outdoors to conduct field work for his courses, into his dream job as a middle school agriculture teacher – and most importantly, back home, where he can spend more valuable time with his family.

Oregon State Ecampus graduate Patric Papabathini, business administration

To climb the ladder, sometimes you zigzag the globe first

The corporate ladder quickly runs out of rungs for many people like Patric Papabathini who haven’t graduated from college. His lack of a degree prevented him from applying for management jobs that he was confident – after four years of working at Microsoft – he could thrive in if only given the chance. The message, however, was loud and clear. “Without a degree, I had no chance,” he says.

Students in the crowd at the Oregon State University commencement ceremony wear their black caps and gowns as well as white tassels, affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts. In the center of the crowd, one student with long blonde hair wears a cap with orange cutout letters that read "I did it!"

Oregon State’s online graduating class tops 1,000 for the first time

The map arrived in Lindsay Caplan’s mailbox, having traversed nearly 3,000 miles from Oregon State University to her home in Maryland. It was part of a wilderness excursion for a class in Oregon State’s fisheries and wildlife sciences online degree program – a hands-on learning activity that helped Caplan develop a strong connection to the university despite living on the opposite side of the country. Now, several years later and without ever setting foot on campus, she’s among a record-setting 1,065 students who will graduate Saturday, June 16, after completing degree requirements online through OSU Ecampus.

A shared destination. A unique path to get there.

Whether they’re at home, commuting to work or crossing the globe, Oregon State Ecampus students are able to pick up their classroom and carry it with them to the next adventure. So when Adrianna Gordon received an email from her academic advisor about a faculty-led study abroad trip to Vancouver, Canada, she was ready to pack her bags.