Reflections from Recent Graduates (Part 2)

A few more Penn State World Campus and Continuing Education spring 2012 graduates share their experiences and advice.

Rachel Clark, B.A. Psychology
“I work, have four children, a husband in the Marine Corps, and I had not opened a text book in almost 15 years. The decision to earn a B.A. in Psychology from Penn State’s World Campus was the best decision I have ever made. The professors are knowledgeable and patient. They valued the experience I brought to the classroom and helped me relate it to my studies. I was concerned that going to college online would mean that I would get lost in “cyberspace.”  However, through group projects, email and discussion boards I now have classmates that will be friends for a lifetime.”

Pasquale Romano, A.S. Letters, Arts, and Sciences
“The path so far has been much easier than I thought it would be thanks to the diligence, knowledge, and generosity of my advisers and World Campus personnel who have been there for me throughout. The instructors and staff have been instrumental in helping me work through any issues that I had when I first started and subsequently with each class.”

Anthony Martin, B.S. Organizational Leadership
“In fall of 2009 I decided to pursue my undergraduate degree. By this time I had been married for 13 years and my wife and I had seven children. I was able to complete my bachelor’s degree in just under three years while working full-time as a paramedic to support our family financially. I was able to get financial assistance through the Pell Grants, PHEAA grants, and Penn State University Trustee Scholarships. I am very grateful for the opportunity to obtain my degree through the Penn State World Campus. Were it not for an online option I would not have been able to commit the time necessary to obtain my bachelor’s degree.”

Shounda Hathaway, B.A. Letters, Arts, and Sciences
“An online degree is tough. It is not for the weak at heart. It takes determination and persistence. My journey has taught me to expect the unexpected. Learn my strengths and prepare for areas where I may fall short. Use all the resources of the school, like tutoring. There is no crime in asking for help. The key is to ask before you get overwhelmed. Know your own limitations and don’t be so hard on yourself if you fall a little short of your own expectations. Find a balance between schoolwork and home life by adding fun into your day.”

Kathy Salloum, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
“Perseverance pays. The thought of earning a degree from Penn State seemed nearly impossible as a single mother of two. But one class at a time and many years later, I am proud to say I have a Penn State degree. It’s never too late to start your path to a world-class education. The road may be long but it is well worth the ride.”

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