Why I chose Southeast Missouri State University?

I chose Southeast because I had previously completed several hours of credit at Southeast by commuting from Poplar Bluff, MO, but was unable to continue the commute due to work and family obligations. However, I was able to continue at Southeast because their RN-BSN program is all online and offered the best course requirements and tuition rates.

My biggest concerns:

I feared the technology aspect of learning online, but knew my son and his wife would be my support system and the Southeast "help desk" was always there when I needed help. The nursing professors were also very helpful and understanding. Another concern I had was that I would miss the face to face interactions with faculty and classmates however, I was soon interacting with everyone online over the web in the virtual classroom. The flexibility was great!

What helped me most to get started?

The demonstration class and the Online RN-BSN Handbook were very helpful in answering many of my questions

What I enjoyed most:

Taking the RN-BSN program online was an exciting experience. I did not know how much I would come to enjoy the flexibility and autonomy of the program. Theory and self-directed field experiences (as opposed to set clinical sites and hours) provided meaningful learning.

My "Words of Wisdom":

"Just do it!" Every journey starts with that first step, and that destination (degree) will not be reached without it. You will learn more than you ever knew you didn't know from the Southeast RN-BSN Online Program.

Why I chose Southeast Missouri State University?

I really had excellent professors at the SEMO regional campus and believed the online RN-BSN professors would also be excellent and they have been. Also, I felt that Southeast RN-BSN online program would be the best fit as I have many roles as a mother, grandmother, daughter, granddaughter, employee, and student.

My biggest concerns:

I feared the aspects of learning online would be too hard and I would fail without having an instrutor in front of me. However, the nursing professors were educated, understanding and helpful, which made learning easier.

What helped me most to succeed?

Was looking foward towards the big picture. I always planned ahead on completing assignments. I communicated with my advisor, registered early online, ordered books early, read a few chapters before classes started, printed my syllabi and assignments so I could organize my notebooks to be prepared for class. I would make a calendar of due dates and make daily goals of what I hope to get accomplished so I could complete my homework and have plenty of time to study and have time for my family.

What I enjoyed most:

Was meeting people from other communities. I felt this was a great way to build strong network systems which will help me in my future career endeavors.

My "Words of Wisdom":

My words of wisdom are go for it...Life is hard, school is hard but, you can do anything if you just leap forward and try. Every class starts with one piece of paper, one pencil, one assignment, and ends with a lot of knowledge and new friends. You will learn so much from the Southeast RN-BSN program you just need to leap forward, ask questions, and get started. If I can do it anyone can. I would highly recommend Southeast Missouri State University RN-BSN Online Program.

From the French Republic, he Began his studies for an MBA in 1999

I am currently employed as a marketing manager at Allied Asset Advisors, Burr Ridge Illinois, promoting one of the Dow Jones Ethical Mutual funds. My task is to build the appropriate marketing strategy and adapt it to the market changes, which mainly consist of targeting the right population with the right marketing messages and promoting the right services proposed to them. Due to my IT background, BSC Computer Sciences, I also play a role in the optimizing the use of different software for our marketing and clients’ service purposes.

There is no doubt that having an MBA from Southeast, was a major help in my job quest. A candidate holding an MBA is always considered before candidates having only a Bsc or another Master degree. I also have to say that the MBA curriculum at Southeast was very interesting and has helped me to think differently in term of business strategies. Added to this, the environment at Southeast was very favorable. The accessibility of professors and teachers was a great support during my studies. Having an MBA or any other degree does not necessary mean success in business, there is another reality out there, work atmosphere, work constraints, deadlines stress and in many cases hierarchy. Yet, for some reason I felt I was prepared to face all of this. Most of my teachers had mentioned this reality, which we were to face in the near future. The professors at Southeast are of a very good caliber. They know how to mix between pure academic teaching, professionalism due to their past experience and friendship in a wonderful frame of mutual respect.

I first attended Southeast in 1998. I was preparing a Masters of Sciences in International business at the University of Languedoc Rousillion in Montpellier, France. Southeast had an exchange program with my previous university, so I took a chance to come to the USA for the first time in my life with very poor English and decided to take the challenge of taking some business class at Southeast. It was a great experience during which I learned English, gained interest in studying in the US, but more important that this, I was so glad to meet all these wonderful teachers. My experience has since then motivated me to apply for different schools in the US. I have been accepted elsewhere, but Southeast offered me a graduate assistant. This was of course another reason why I didn’t hesitate to come back to SEMO.

I want to pass on these three pieces of advice to students at Southeast:

  1. You are lucky to be at Southeast - take full advantage of it.
  2. Cape Girardeau is maybe very small, but believe me it is the right place to be if you are really looking to gain knowledge. Furthermore, it is not that expensive compared to what you would have to pay else where for the same education.
  3. Focus, do your best, and never forget Southeast.

In the end, I have to say that the magic key is to work on learning on daily basis. It is all about experience and attitude!

Why did you choose Southeast Missouri State University?

It was convenient for me because I was an employee. But I had worked in the education field for ten years before coming to Southeast and I was aware of the excellent reputation held by Southeast and it would have been my first choice anyway.

What made you choose to pursue an online degree?

I was working full-time and there was no way I could attend classes full-time...an online degree was the perfect solution.

What is your current occupation? Please Describe.

Online Program Specialist for Southeast Online at Southeast Missouri State University.

What is your education history?

I had received two associate degrees from Shawnee Community College. After transferring those hours in I just needed 33 hours to complete my BGS degree. I completed it in Dec 2010 and immediately began working on a Master's degree the following semester. I completed a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration in Dec 2012. I was able to do about half of it online.

What are your career goals?

I am 56 years old and do not have the career aspirations that I had when I was younger. I really enjoy working with students and have no desire to move up into administrative/management positions at this point in my career.

Why is getting your degree important to you?

Two reasons: First the personal satisfaction and secondly, not having a degree can limit job opportunities. I would not have been able to move into the job that I have now without a degree.

Who has had the biggest influence on your Southeast experience and why?

Dr. Thomas Kiehne was my grad advisor and he is an exceptional person. He has recently retired and the University has suffered a huge loss as a result...IMHO ;)

How did you balance your coursework with your professional work and personal responsibilities?

Time management was important. I was up late a lot of nights but that was usually because I procrastinated slightly...don't follow my example! ;)

What is the favorite part about pursing a degree online?

Not having to attend class was awesome. I loved doing my coursework in my pajamas!

What 3 pieces of advice would you pass on to someone who is considering an online degree?

Make a schedule, stick with it, and ask for help when you need it!

Why did you choose Southeast Missouri State University?

I chose SEMO because it is the college in my home town and at first, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do.

What made you choose to pursue an online degree?

I actually didn't originally want an online degree. I began taking courses on campus but being a single working mother, I had hardships and had to quit school twice. I decided to go back to school using the online program so that I can graduate with a degree.

What is your current occupation? Please Describe.

I was just hired as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher in Hayti Missouri for the 2013-2014 school year!! During my education, I worked as an administrative partner at Saint Francis Medical Center and as a waitress at Port Cape Girardeau. (not simultaneously)

What is your education history? (e.g. Did you attend several universities? Did you complete your degree all online from start to finish? Did you change majors?)

SEMO is the only college I have attended. I started out as undecided then I chose elementary education with a concentration in math. When my hardships occurred, I had to quit school. I knew I couldn't go back and finish on campus. I was devastated and beat myself up about it. Then over the course of the summer, I decided to go back and finish my degree online. It took a total of 42 hours to finish getting a general studies degree and I accomplished it all in 1 full year (fall, winter, spring, summer semesters)

What are your career goals?

My goal was to become a teacher. I accomplished this goal. I am going to be a teacher at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. I don't know what my next goal will be, I just know I want to be the best that I can be at reaching these young children. I want to make a difference. I want to see them grow not only in education, but also in life.

Why is getting your degree important to you?

Graduating college has always been a goal of mine ever since I can remember. I am the first person in my family to ever graduate college and that is important to me. I was recognized at my graduation ceremony in 2012 as being the first generation graduate. This past May, my son graduated Pre-K, he came up to me and said "Mommy I graduated just like you". Getting my degree is also for him. I will be able to provide better for us and I know I have become a positive roll model for him. I hope he follows and even passes my footsteps.

Who has had the biggest influence on your Southeast experience and why?

Dr. Bohannon is without a doubt the best professor I've had. I had him one of the semesters I had to quit and when I had to repeat his course in 2010, he never mentioned it to anyone. Dr. B truly cares about his students and it shows. I have learned so much from him. While walking to the stage during my graduation, he stopped me and gave me a huge hug and told me he was proud of me for finishing despite my difficulties. Another person I cannot forget is my online academic advisor Chelsea Caile. She always had an open door anytime I randomly stopped by, which I did a lot. She was so helpful and interested in what I was going through even outside of school. I remember she emailed me periodically throughout the semester to check on me. I still communicate with both of these individuals and I appreciate them so much . They went above and beyond to help me accomplish my goals.

How did you balance your coursework with your professional work and personal responsibilities?

Going to school on campus was really hard because I couldn't multi-task like I needed to. When I chose to do the online program, I was able to do coursework whenever I had internet connection. I was able to take care of my son, work full time, and have a full course load my final year because I chose to do it online.

What is the favorite part about pursing a degree online?

My favorite part of pursuing a degree online is the flexibility. I could do work whenever and wherever I had internet connection. I no longer had to worry about choosing between going to class or going to work to provide for my child, I was able to do both.

What 3 pieces of advice would you pass on to someone who is considering an online degree?

1: Talk to your advisor and teachers!! They want to see you succeed just as much as you want to. Build a relationship with them, it will help you in the future, remember you need references.

2: Stay organized!! You don't have be OCD, but keep a planner or a written log of when your assignments are due. Most of the time if you have an assignment due, there is no one to remind you. It is up to you to make sure you have them turned in on time.

3: Be dedicated!! It can be overwhelming and you may get lazy, but don't! You are paying for your education, make sure it is worth the money you are putting into it. Once you start slacking it can be hard to gain that momentum back up, stay dedicated from the beginning. If you know you wont do that, then wait until you will.