As an American expatriate living in the mountains of Medellín, Colombia, sustainability graduate student Sam Holdren is well versed in what it takes to succeed in an online program that spans time zones and continents.
“You have to make sure you have a strong internet connection,” he says with a laugh, explaining that it is not always as easy as it sounds in a developing country.
Sam moved to Colombia from Phoenix in early 2015, after falling in love with the country during a Spanish immersion program in 2013. Soon after, he decided to start a business emphasizing sustainable tourism that protects and preserves the environment and local cultures.
“I thought I better become an expert in sustainability if my business was going to focus on it,” Sam explains. “I heard about ASU Online’s master’s degree in sustainability leadership. I’d been a Sun Devil for my previous higher education, which was all on campus. I liked that the online program would give me the flexibility to be able to work on my business abroad and get what I knew would be a solid education that is practical to my real-life experience.”