National Distance Learning Week 

We want to generate awareness and appreciation for distance learning within our Wichita State Community the week of November 8-12. 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 Student
General Business Major
Wichita, KS
LAS Online Student
Psychology Major
Bel Aire, KS
Online BBA Student

Meet Katie!

I am a returning full-time adult student. I work full-time and am a single mother of 4 children. Completing my degree has been a long-time goal of mine and I am so thankful for WSU’s online program which helped making accomplishing my goal possible.

Why did you choose an online program?

I am a very busy person and I needed the flexibility that an online program offers in order to make completing my degree a reality.

How do you balance work, family, and school?

Balancing work, family and school is definitely hard. But I try to make sure that whatever I’m doing, I’m giving it my full attention and commitment. I plan my days around work and my kid’s schedules and I plan my evenings for school work. Also, I had to learn to lean on my friends and neighbors to help me. Completing a degree is hard work and allowing others to help you strike the right balance can help prevent feeling overwhelmed.

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

I am currently the Senior Director of Programs for an aerospace company in Wichita. My degree will allow me to continue to add value to my company and offer growth opportunities for my career.

 

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Online LAS Student

Meet Brittany!

Hello, my name is Brittany Spires. I am an undergraduate senior at Wichita State University majoring in Psychology; minoring in Sociology, Women's Studies, and Creative Writing; and earning the Tilford Diversity Certificate. I am on track to graduate with magna cum laude distinction and have recently had the pleasure of joining the Alpha Kappa Delta, Alpha Sigma Lambda, and Psi Chi honor societies. I love to learn new things, meet new people, and advocate for equity within my community. When I'm not studying, I love to spend time with my husband and our five children, listen to music, write poetry, and binge watch crime TV shows.

Why did you choose an online program?

I decided to return to college sixteen years after I graduated high school, so I knew that an online program would allow me the flexibility I needed to attend classes, work at my own pace, and still be mentally, emotionally and physically supportive to my family. Time is a very precious and limited entity, and I didn't want to miss out on quality time with my family. I knew that online learning would offer the same curriculum as in-person learning, I would still be welcome to attend on-campus events, and would have the freedom to adjust my schedule as life's circumstances changed.

What surprised you most about the online learning environment?

In the online learning environment, I was most surprised by how involved I was able to be with on-campus activities, and by how inclusive I felt as a student. I thought that there would be a disconnect between me and my professors or other students because we were not in the same room. I quickly learned that my professors would do whatever they could to make everyone feel connected, even from behind a computer screen. I learned so much from everyone in the online environment and I made lasting relationships with fellow students as well as professors.

What advice do you have for prospective online students?

Be ready to do the work. Stay organized. Connect with your classmates. Be dedicated to studying, and participating, if you want to make the best out of your online experience.

How do you balance work, family, and school?

The best ways that I found to balance work, family, and school were to: consider my priorities, keep a schedule, and learn not to feel guilty for saying no. There were times when I had to pass up on a family vacation or social event, had to stay up late to do an assignment, or had to rearrange my work schedule. As time went on, I learned that compromise was healthy and necessary if I wanted to reach my end-goal. And if I expected to be my best self at work, home and school, then day-by-day I would have to recognize what things are most important and organize my schedule accordingly.

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