Most weeks, the job requires 40 working hours or more, including last-minute business trips. But when Chance isn’t working on planes, he’s working on papers, flying toward an online engineering degree.
"It’s very difficult, but I get a lot of support from my wife,” he explains, adding that she was the one who found the ASU Online program and encouraged him to enroll. “My job is supportive, too, putting me through school and allowing me to do coursework when I have downtime. The combination is what allows me to do this.”
Chance hopes his degree will help build on his previous experience with aircraft and electronics, with the ultimate goal of getting involved with flight tests for Boeing’s newest unmanned aerial vehicles. Thus far, he has enjoyed courses like physics, which teaches the theory behind how things work, and calculus — though he admits the 7.5-week course format can be challenging.
Fostering a strong connection with ASU can be difficult with the eight-hour time difference between Pápa and Tempe, but Chance has found a way to bridge the 6,000-plus miles through the email availability of his Success Coach, as well as ASU library resources.
And when the going gets tough, it doesn’t hurt to have his wife’s family nearby, ready to refuel him with a plate of Hungarian goulash before he takes off once again.
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