Distance learning at WKU has been an experience for which I will forever be grateful. I have been taking classes online since Fall of 2012 majoring in business. I started college after being out of high school for 30 years and really wasn’t sure if I could do it, but I have always instilled in my daughter that education was important. One day my daughter turned the table on me and asked me why I never pursued going to college since I always mention the importance of it, and it really hit home. I began asking myself “why haven’t I?” and of course, I had all the normal excuses, marriage, children, working and just life in general. Then I realized that if really took an effort to take that first step to change the course of your life.
I knew once the decision was made I would not be able to actually go to a college campus full-time because of work and family obligations, including caring for my disabled sister-in-law, so I began to look into distance learning classes. WKU was the obvious choice for me, it was the closest to home, it had a wonderful reputation and was highly recommended. I’m not saying it has been easy, far from it. I was so lost in the beginning and wasn’t sure of the first steps to take, but I continued inquiring, and before you know it, I was enrolled and on my way.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into – what the students graduating high school today know going into their freshman year was a far cry from where I had left off thirty-years prior. It took a lot of determination to get where I am at now, but it was the best decision I have ever made for myself. Getting the opportunity to fulfill the personal goal I have always had is such an achievement for myself, and in turn for my family. I hope to graduate in Fall 2017, and put my degree to good use in a capacity that challenges me to use the skills I have learned from this experience. I have learned to live up to the motto that it is never too late!
If I have one thing to recommend to anyone thinking about taking online courses, it is, be prepared to be accountable for your time and effort. Don’t expect it to be easy because it’s online. In fact, it’s probably harder, but the result you gain from your hard work and the accomplishment you feel is well worth it.