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Military on the Move

Diana Kramer has been in the military for 14 years and been deployed 5 times. About 5 years into her service she decided to take advantage of the education benefits offered. She attempted an on-ground program, but with her extensive travel, had difficulty keeping up. After acquiring her Associates Degree she started looking for a credible online Bachelor’s program and was immediately drawn to Arizona State University.

“One thing that sold me was that the online classes were identical to residence classes which meant more credibility and more challenging coursework. It was also attractive that my diploma wouldn’t say ASU Online.”

She was encouraged by people to pursue a practical degree like business administration but after trying one class she decided that life was too short to pursue something she wasn’t passionate about, so decided to major in psychology.

Since that choice she’s been inducted to the International Honor Society, on the Dean’s List, selected as a Tillman Scholar and has visited campus 5 times in the last 18 months. She also had the honor of doing the coin toss for an ASU football game (even with a broken leg).

“I love being a Sun Devil everything that comes with it. I love coming down and networking with the other Tillman Scholars and students. The Tillman Foundation has taken such great care of me and opened so many doors.”

Diana lives in North Dakota, but will soon be deployed to Korea for a year. The flexibility of her online program will allow her to continue coursework, even being 12 hours ahead of Arizona. Although she’ll be even further from her professors and classmates, she still plans to prioritize school, stay organized and manage her time efficiently.

Diana has big plans for her future.

“My ultimate goal is to be a licensed clinical social worker, focusing on veterans and their families, especially the military brats. They are a unique group and deal with unique challenges. ASU has a Master’s of Social Work I’m very interested in.”

Diana’s advice for those considering an online program with ASU?

“Go for it. It’s a great school, and will allow you to pursue your education goals, but be prepared to do a lot of work. Don’t think that because it’s online it’s going to be easy. It’s challenging and you can’t put it in cruise control.”

Diana is already planning her trip back for graduation and looks forward to her next steps with ASU. 

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