Degrees and second careers in your senior years

January 17, 2017 · 1 min read · By ASU Online

After long-time critical care nurse, Theresa Turlis, broke her hip, she could no longer provide the kind of care her patients and their families needed.  Not interested in fully retiring, she decided to embark on a new career journey, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology, realizing the challenge of returning to college was exactly what she needed to stay mentally active.


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While attending classes, she secured a job working as an assistant to a lawyer specializing in elderly abuse, and as a result is even considering going to law school once she’s earned her degree to further support the local elderly community.

At first, the college world seemed both foreign and intimidating, but Theresa says ASU Online offered dedicated online coaches and career advisors to assist senior citizens like her with registration, course selection, and general guidance in order to make the transition seem less daunting.

The flexibility of online education offers the opportunity for seniors who are unable or unwilling to travel to college campuses to attend classes remotely.

Online classes also offered a human element with both visual and auditory two-way communication Turlis says it is vital that Seniors take advantage of. Besides email interaction, online discussion boards and chat rooms enable students to discuss the course content and ask questions in real-time with professors, student peers, and teacher assistants.

For more of Theresa’s story click here. You too can start your journey toward a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology from ASU and train to make a difference in your community.


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