I have been enrolled in ASU’s online program for two years now. Wow, let me say, typing that out has made me realize how far I’ve come since joining the ever-growing online student community. It’s actually really inspiring to see how I’ve grown as a person and how I view my education during this time.
Upon graduating high school, I knew that online schooling was going to be my path. I am a touring country music singer, and attending school on campus was not going to work if I wanted to grow my career (trust me, I tried doing smaller tours while going to school on campus full time in high school, and had never been more chronically exhausted in my life). I wanted to take a path that allowed me to enhance my skills while expressing my creativity. ASU was the only one who had that path for me with the Film and Media Studies program.
I enrolled online not knowing what it was going to be like or if it was going to be a good fit for me. Naturally, I had a lot of questions, and to add to my concerns, my health was in limbo at the time. As I mentioned earlier, I was chronically exhausted, so I was prone to frequently getting sick. After experiencing a lot of stress from trying to grow my music career while in the public high school system as an AP student, I was praying that the decision to pursue an online college degree would work to my benefit.
Once enrolled, it took some finessing, but I soon found a good rhythm with my school/work load. I found my boundaries of what I could handle while remaining successful in all of my ventures. In this second year of enrollment, I really found my stride, and things have been better since.
In these past two years. I’ve found such a deeper appreciation for my education. I know everyone says it’s different when you have to pay for it, but that’s not what has made the difference for me.