“I see it as the way of the future,” he says. “Partly because of my previous work background, but it also feels like it’s going to become more second nature to just take a class online. With ASU having this robust online program, I feel like I’m part of the future, and that ASU is really pushing the envelope. I have a sense of pride being part of an online program that is not only making it easier for people to learn, but is also really committed to making education more accessible to more people. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s working its way to being more perfect.”
His biggest advice for any college-aged person? Get out of your comfort zone.
“If that means going to a university away from home, going on a study abroad experience or taking a semester online while living in a new place, do it,” he says. “Force yourself to get into these experiences that you would never have the opportunity to do at home — not because home is a terrible place, but because home is familiar, and we’re not challenged and pushed to our limits in familiar places. In Ecuador, I was challenged and learned so much about myself that helped me grow as a person.”
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