I have been accepted to VCU’s Masters of Social Work Program. This is going to be a big transition from the distance learning classes that I have taken in the past at ODU.
When I was a student at ODU, I was able to pick from a selection of courses that would fit with my schedule. I am worried that I will not have as much flexibility going into a Master’s program. I will also have a “live” instructor which is another change. I am used to a microphone, Blackboard and email as a main form of communication.
Because of my great experiences with distance learning at ODU, if I had the option at VCU I wouldn’t hesitate for a second. Even though things are going to be different, I am looking forward to a new adventure in my education.
I hoped at this point in the game to be boasting, just a bit, about landing a fabulous new job. Unfortunately that’s not happened yet. So, despite the fact I’ve graduated, I’ve signed up for classes again in January at a local community college. I’ve enrolled in graphic design courses as a complement to my career aspirations.
This decision was influenced by two factors. First, several job descriptions I’ve read for technical writers want people with graphic design program experience which I sadly lack. Second, grad school wouldn’t start until the fall so I’ve got to do something in the meantime. Luckily I still have GI Bill Benefits so I can do this without financial strain to my already depleted bank account.
Speaking with a friend the other day about these new classes, I mentioned that I am looking forward to them. I am a lot less stressed. These classes will different from my last couple of semesters at ODU. The upcoming classes are more hands-on, which usually equates to success for me.
I plan to continue my search for part time work over the semester. I have had a few interviews for part time positions. Perhaps I’ll find something along the lines of an internship involving technical writing. Fingers Crossed.
In the short term, I’m looking forward to the next month off from school. My daughter will be out of school for her own winter break as well. I’m looking forward to that one-on-one time with her as well.
While the changes ahead are not what I’d hoped for, I’m still positive that they will be good. I had a depressed hour or two last week when I thought about all the things I’d given up to go to school two years ago.
- A full-time job with good pay and benefits at a globally recognized company
- Many hours of playtime with my daughter
- Family vacations and extra clothes because of my student budget constraints
- Many nights of sleep
But I have gained much, a diploma being the obvious tangible item. A boost in confidence that I did this, graduated college, especially through this method, distance-learning. It is not for everyone; some classes, I wasn’t sure it was for me. My overall experience with distance learning through ODU has been positive, and I constantly encourage others to look into this program. The long-term benefits definitely outweigh the short-term difficulties and disruptions to life.
Now for a shameless plea, if you’re a distance-learning student for ODU and you think your story is worth sharing, consider being a blogger for the Distance Learning program. Do you think that you’ve heard too much from English and Comms major? Do you think your degree program should have their day in the sun? Then contact the Distance Learning staff at main campus! Having your work published is exciting. Your mother will be intensely proud and tell all her friends about it. Plus this is real world writing experience to add to your resume. Intrigued? Call 1.800.968.2638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know.