National Distance Learning Week 

We want to generate awareness and appreciation for distance learning within our Wichita State Community the week of November 4-8. In honor of this week, we will be recognizing online students who have been nominated by their online academic advisors for the great strides they have made to accomplish their goals.

 

Student Directory

BBA Online Student
Business Management Major
Wichita, KS
LAS Online Student
Psychology Major
McPherson, KS
Online HLS Student
Homeland Security Major
Round Rock, TX
Online TAP Student
Teacher Apprentice Program
Lenexa, KS
Online BBA Student

 Meet Daniel!

I am a 26 year old guy who is married and works a full time job. My brother and I have a roofing company in Wichita, which requires about 12 hours of my day every day. I used to play baseball professionally, and now I am pursuing my degree in Business to help my family business continue to grow. I was born in Wichita, and I see myself staying here for the rest of my life.  I love this community!

What was the most important benefit provided by your online program? 

The most important benefit is that I have freedom. I can work school around my work schedule, instead of working my work schedule around school. If I have meetings all day, I can either do the assignment the day before or do it that evening. The flexibility has been a major benefit. 

How do you balance work, family, and school?

I have to give up things to be able to work, have a family, and go to school. I work from about 6am-6pm every day, come home to help my wife anyway that I can, and then do my homework in the evenings. The thing I have to sacrifice most is my sleep. I am blessed with an amazingly supportive wife who is happy that I am getting my degree.

What is your current position at work and what do you plan to achieve with your online degree?

Between my brother and I, we run a roofing business. With the help of our newly acquired secretary, we manage paying the bills, meeting customers, measuring roofs, aligning the crews, ordering materials, and coordinating our labor force. I plan to help my company to grow. I have already learned ways to streamline processes to help save us time. The courses I have taken have taught me how to properly run a business through time management and how to boost employee morale. This major is already benefitting my company tremendously, and I still have more courses to go!

 

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Online LAS Student

Meet Jordan!

I am 32 years old and I’ve been in school since I was about 29, roughly, because I realized I really wanted more for myself than what I am doing now. I've been someone who has learned the importance of never selling yourself short or thinking that an idea is beyond the ability to transform into a goal. I’ve been working hard labor most of my life.  I also lived a very transient lifestyle before meeting my amazing wife, Sarah.  The past 10 years of my life, with her, have been incredibly life changing in the most positive way feasible.

Why did you choose an online program?

With my work schedule being a rotating 12 hours and balancing home life, there was no other choice for me at the time to be able to return to school on campus. I opted for a fully online program because I could fit it into my schedule much easier than traditional class work. Online learning offered flexibility to take my course work with me when I travel for work.

What was the most important benefit provided by your online program?

It definitely was the flexibility of the schedule because it allowed me to work school projects anytime. It didn't matter if it was 3am or 3pm, I knew I could open up the homework and listen to lectures while at work, on break, or even just cleaning up around the house. I've listened to many lectures doing dishes in the kitchen.

What surprised you most about the online learning environment?

How easy it was to be able to delve right into the material. The 8-wk courses allowed me to pace through the material quicker while focusing on one subject at a time. However, it was also nice to be able to enjoy the full 16-wk courses where instructors were able to spend more time on concepts and course material.

What advice do you have for prospective online students?

Be prepared to balance your time wisely. Understand there are going to be times where you need to focus on a project and other times you’ll need to make your wellness a priority.  Don’t let the work overwhelm you; work smarter, not harder. If you have the chance to work ahead, then do so because it will help you balance your class work.

How do you balance work, family, and school?

With shift work, if I know I am going to have a quieter night, I often take my work on the floor where I can write things up or get ideas written down so I don't forget them. When at home, I designate times to do homework when I have an empty house and if there are times that I can't have an empty house I just put noise cancelling headphones on and get to work. I am very lucky my wife is extremely understanding and knows when it's time for me to zero in and focus.

What is your current position at work and what do you plan to achieve with your online degree?

My current position at work is as an Environmental Servicer and Inspector Packer for a very large manufacturing company, where I have been for 6 years. I plan to use my degree to be able to leave the company, obtain my Master’s degree, and pursue what I feel is my calling in my life. I hope to help those in need.

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Online HLS Student

Meet Jennifer!

Growing up in the restaurant business taught me compassion. Being married to a Marine taught me patience. Getting sober taught me introspection. Getting a degree taught me the true value of time.

What surprised you most about the online learning environment?

Honestly, the staff. Everybody from the academic advisor, to the Financial Aid office, and all the professors. I’ve taken classes at three schools prior to this and the staff here is, easily, the biggest benefit, besides my education.

What advice do you have for prospective online students?

Utilize technology; it is your friend. There are a plethora of free apps that allow you a way to organize your classes and your assignments. Sync your phone and computer to it and be disciplined about getting work done. The only person procrastination really hurts is yourself.

How do you balance work, family, and school?

Discipline equals freedom.

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Online TAP Student

Meet Colene!

When I look back over my life, teaching has always been lurking in the background, popping up here and there. After years working as a Children and Family Ministry Director, I felt like I needed a change. In October 2017, I decided to "tryout" the public school system by becoming a first-grade aide. I fell in love with the students, staff, and environment. I know I'll be able to use my experience, organization skills, and love of learning for a whole new adventure. It's never too late to start again!

Why did you choose an online program?

I chose online learning because I need to work full time, even if I'm going to school. Things like paying bills, having insurance, and the convenience of studying on my own schedule were vital. I chose the TAP program for the innovation of being able to use my current work placement (a paraprofessional) as the Internship/student teaching requirement. I've loved being able to immediately put what I'm learning in my classes to the test in real situations.

What was the most important benefit provided by your online program?

Being able to study on my own schedule has been wonderful. This past year I was diagnosed with cancer and I never would have been able to attend traditional classes. I've been able to continue my studies because I can work when convenient for me.

What surprised you most about the online learning environment? 

I thought I might miss going to a traditional class setting and interfacing with my peers but my TAP instructors give us many opportunities to network and collaborate with fellow online students. The quality and creativity of instruction in the TAP program is top-notch.

What advice do you have for prospective online students?

For those returning to school after attending traditional college classes, or even those students who may not be all that technologically savvy, don't be afraid of trying. There are a ton of resources put in place to help you succeed. You won't be floating in cyberspace alone or untethered to anyone. Online learning has been a great way to expand my mind about what learning can be in a world based on technology.

How do you balance work, family, and school?

Balancing work, family, and school takes some discipline, organization, and flexibility. Keeping a calendar with all my obligations has been important. I'm always fearful of missing an assignment due date. I'll even pencil in time with my son. It may seem weird but during that time my focus is only on him. Going to school online has really made me value my self-care time and time with family. I appreciate it so much more.

What is your current position at work and what do you plan to achieve with your online degree?

I am currently a paraprofessional at an elementary school Olathe, KS. I plan to become a teacher of record within the next year and I can't wait!

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